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Elizabeth O’Brien writes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction and her work has appeared in Swink, PANK, Versal, Juked, A capella Zoo, The Emerson Review, Euphony, The Found Poetry Review, Flashquake, and other places. She lives in Somerville, MA.


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Lessons Hard Won

Elizabeth O’Brien



After all it is the difference that galls.

The baseline that keeps

my father is his limit.

The most precise word I would use

for the sky is not merciful.





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