Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies 23.1 (2002) 151
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The Fear of Letting Go When There Is Nothing to Occupy the Space
She says when a parent exploits a child,
everything is colored, even the positive aspects.
Yet to meld her parts,
I stop defending my mother
when my friends say she's crazy.
A kind of elimination by association,
I stop writing my sister.
I'm told that I need to "parent" myself,
as if that is as easy as buying milk,
as if I've rehearsed it all before.
Jen Siraganian wrote a creative writing honors thesis as an undergraduate at Brown University, and in 1998 one of her poems was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her work has been published in several of Brown's literary magazines such as Clerestory, The Spread, and Ophelia. She has also had poetry published in the Poet's Page, Aura Literary Arts Review, Tight, and George and Mertie's Place.