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Karen Craigo teaches English to international students at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. A poet and essayist, she is the author of two chapbooks, most recently Someone Could Build Something Here (Winged City, 2013). She is the nonfiction editor of Mid-American Review, and she also serves as an associate editor of Drury’s national literary journal, Gingko Tree Review.

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She found a spider drowning
in her coffee, then realized
it was just the reflection
of her eyelashes. Oh
that dear face, pupils
suddenly wide. It is early
and she needed some peace
in the hours before her boys
awaken. And isn’t that exactly
like a mom? Everywhere she looks
she sees something
that needs to be saved.

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