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Poems I Probably Won’t Write About My Stepfather by Jennifer Stewart Miller

Poems I Probably Won’t Write About My Stepfather

by Jennifer Stewart Miller

(published in Crab Creek Review, March 25, 2021)


On Holding the Phone to Your Ear the Night Before You Die

So Your Half-Sister Can Read You a Poem


On Missing Your Last Breath Because I Had to Stop for Gas


Poem in Which My Mother Reminisces with the Funeral Director

About Meeting Him When He Was a Little Kid


How to Choose the Right Locally Sourced Wooden Urn

for a Former Forester


On First Walking into the Forbidden Sanctum of

Your Office, AKA, the Junk Room


On Reading Letters in Which You Pour Your Heart Out

to Your Estranged Boys


Poem in Which I Hide the Scissored Pictures of Sexy Women

from My Mother


On Boxing Up Your Boy Scout Badges and the Many Clippings

Extolling Achievements I Wish I’d Known About


On Finding a Heartbroken Letter from Your 2nd Wife


Your Two Youngest Boys Were Gorgeous Toddlers

and I’m Sad for All of Us


Thinking About Who Might Want Your Guns


What to Do with All the Cowboy Hats


On Shipping You to Your Children by First Class Mail


Wondering Why You Never Let My Mother

Drive Your Pickup Truck



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