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Hilary Sideris grew up in Indiana and attended Indiana University. She received her MFA in poetry from The Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. She lives in Kensington, Brooklyn, and she works for The City University of New York, where she develops and coordinates programs for first-generation college students. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Arts & Letters, Barrow Street, Bayou, Cimarron Review, Confrontation, Connecticut Review, Crack the Spine, The Evansville Review, Fourteen Hills, Green Mountains Review, Gulf Coast, Memoir, poemmemoirstory, Poet Lore, Quiddity, The Southampton Review, The Southern Poetry Review, Sugar House Review, Swink, Tar River Poetry, and Wild Violet, among others. She has been published in the anthologies Pomegranate Seeds: An Anthology of Greek American Poetry, Token Entry: Poems of the NYC Subway, and Journey to Crone. She has also published several chapbooks: The Orange Juice Is Over (2008), Gold & Other Fish (2012), and Sweet Flag (2013) from Finishing Line Press, Baby (2009) from Pudding House Press, and A House Not Made With Hands (2013) from Poets Wear Prada Press.

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Giotto caught my father
taut with grief,

driven from temple,
lamb clutched to his chest,

my mother barren,
gazing at a sparrow’s nest

high in a laurel tree,
ashamed of her envy,

the angel Gabriel hinting,
The world will hold

you in wonder
, sweet
reunion at the Golden

Gate, where, in a kiss,
I was conceived.

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