A family recipe, a childhood memory, a Depression-era handout
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Molly Bashaw lives in Germany, where she has made a living as a freelance bass trombonist and educator. Her poetry collection, The Whole Field Still Moving inside It, was published in 2014.
Try to avoid symbolism and metaphors, and leave fate out of it, too. Fate was not preparing you for this loss when you were an eight-year-old farm girl and held that stillborn piglet for hours in the barn.