This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Kirsten Kowalewski, is from Her Kind by Cindy Veach, released by CavanKerry Press in 2021.
Margaret Scott of Children Lost
I knocked on doors. Asked for coins for corn. Each time I thought I could not but each time hunger stole my tongue— Please, may I gleane corn in your felld? Daniel Wycomb, you would not part with any ears. Guilt, not me, is the reason that ye oxen would not goe forward: but backward with the load of corn. Look at me— a widow for so long I’ve forgotten his face but not the faces of every child I lost. They say I lost too many and must hang for this and sundry other Acts of Witchcraft.
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