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Family Affair

by Jason Stocks

I can’t understand your
words so why try.

Space is vindictive
culture shocks to maim

your voice against mine.
Mountains are like deserts

streams and creeks
are among cavernous ideas

about the way things
ought to be.

We can’t go home but we can go somewhere and try to make that place home.

Or we can stand here and fight
as brother and sister.

JasonĀ StocksĀ is a poet from Dover, Arkansas. He studied creative writing at University of Southern Mississippi and Goddard College. Recently, his work has appeared in Xenith, Folly, Hobo Pancakes, Temenos Journal, ILOANbooks, Exterminating Angel Press, From the Depths, Blaze Vox and Willard and Maple.

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  • Lynn / August 30, 2013

    This poet takes more risks than any I’ve seen lately. I’ve read only one other poem by him at Xenith, but it reads similarly. There is a palpable sense of place, a stubbornness (in the best way) to hang on to regional dialects and the content is rich. Should be nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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