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209 Family Tree Diane Raptosh Here’s Lucy—mother of all from the Afar Triangle—mimeographed, skeleton cast in dental plaster, posed to look caught mid-sprint. Here she is again, sketched on a hillside near some kind of bush: fifty-two bone fragments dressed in faux skin, hand at her hip, hair matted, pearl-dot eyes pinpointing mine, no matter what the angle I look at her. At twenty, she’s not as tall as my six-year-old daughter, who’s riding the limb of an old wild oak. My Sicilian grandmother, dead now two years, looks on from the other side of the wall, black eyes rheumy, lips pursed across loose false teeth. My given mom goes by the name Concettina. Concettina Rose Peta Cardinale at birth. I ask this much: Late in the last half of the outermost day, on a foothill smelling of sage and bitterbrush, with palms full of milk and pulp and salts from that music, cover me. ...

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ISBN
9780797496989
Related ISBN
9780797486164
MARC Record
OCLC
1056749179
Pages
300
Launched on MUSE
2018-10-14
Language
English
Open Access
No
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