Four Way Books
by Joan Aleshire

ISBN: 978-1-935536-22-2
paper, 144 pages, $15.95

As she described it,
that summer was the hottest ever.
Two months pregnant, too sick
to eat, she lay on the porch
reading The Pickwick Papers,
which may explain my inclination
to laughter. She took pills
for the nausea, which may explain
my armsí inclination to the strange.

In the album,
at the beach, she leans back
on her elbows, stretches out
in a modest but revealing suit
that shows her thickened waist.
She wears dark glasses with
stylish light frames: carefree,
all our life before her.