Hitching a ride, trusting a partner, marrying the same person three times
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Richard Cole is a technical writer, poet, and essayist, and the author of a book of poems, The Glass Children (University of Georgia Press). He and his wife live in Austin, Texas, and are currently expecting another child.
In fact, we’ve always been positive about having another child. We both imagine a daughter: Emma, a real fireball, definite in her opinions and politically precocious. I can even see the birth announcement. It says, “Announcing . . .” in bold type on the cover, then opens up to a color xerox of Eugène Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People — that painting of a woman who’s marching over the barricades, one breast bared, with a fearless young kid waving his pistols and a dying old man looking up at her in wonder. I know that sounds odd for a card introducing a newborn, but that’s what I see: woman warrior.