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On Keeping Things Small: Poems

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ISBN 10: 1560850809 / ISBN 13: 9781560850809
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Title: On Keeping Things Small: Poems

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"Outweighing what we cannot change, and growing," Marilyn Bushman-Carlton considers how the landscapes of one's life evolve. Her children are growing up. One plays violin, and the music he chooses "turns him inside out, / becomes a voice to find himself." She watches him leave for school, "the crotch of his X-tra Large pants swinging / between the clothespins of his knees, / the waist nearly a foot south / and cinched like a knapsack." When did the neighborhood lose its innocence? she wonders. She notices the twisted trunks of century-old shrubs. In her day "[she] tried not to stare / in the open door of the beer joint / on my way to Linda's house," imagining what it was like "lifting heavy thick mugs, / sloshing the counter / with bubbly brown sin." Instead, she and Linda sat "beneath a sycamore . . . almond arms bared, jeans rolled thin / above the knees. Whispered news / Suzanne's parents getting a divorce"; hope "it isn't so." "We've circled back," she tells her husband. Their daughter has left for college. "We've learned that pausing helps us see. / We bend toward, and cherish, / the few things we're sure of."

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Marilyn Bushman-Carlton has published in CityArt Poetry on the Bus, Earth's Daughters, Exponent II, Iris, and Prize Poems of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. She is a graduate of the University of Utah and has taught poetry workshops at Pioneer Craft House. She and her family reside in Salt Lake City.

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