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“Take me with you”
my mother says
standing in her nightgown
as, home from college,
I prepare to leave
before dawn.
The desolation
she must face
was once my concern
but like a bobber
pulled beneath 
the surface
by an inedible fish
she vanished
into the life
he offered her.
It stopped occurring
to me she might return.
“I’ll be back” I say
and then I go.

Poem copyright ©2008 by Dore Kiesselbach. Poem reprinted from Field, No. 79, Fall 2008, by permission of Dore Kiesselbach and the publisher.
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Aubade

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  • Dore Kiesselbach earned his BA from Oberlin College, MFA from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and JD from New York University. His first collection, Salt Pier (2012), won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize and was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. He is a former National Endowment for the Humanities Younger Scholar and a former U.S. Department of Education Jacob K. Javits fellow. His awards include Britain’s Bridport Prize and the Poetry Society of America’s 2014 Robert H. Winner Memorial Award. In 2015 he was awarded a State of Minnesota Artist Initiative Grant. His work has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Agni, Antioch Review, Plume, Poetry, and Field. He lives in Minneapolis.

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