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The Hard Because

The crook of my neck: the hairline
once made a perfect cursive M:

you wept over the dishwater
in the same sink

you had once washed my infant body
(the soft machinery):

you the mother within my mother
who will not know

what I won’t want you to know
is why I am:



Kevin McLellan is the author of the chapbook Round Trip (Seven Kitchens, 2010), a collaborative series of poems with numerous women poets. Kevin lives in Cambridge MA with Frankie (a canary), and sometimes teaches poetry workshops at the University of Rhode Island in Providence.