Learning to ride, falling down, getting back on
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Sarah Pemberton Strong’s most recent novel is The Fainting Room. She lives in Hamden, Connecticut, where she is a self-employed master plumber and a poetry editor at New Haven Review. She says that when her mother, who was a carpenter for many years, read her poem in this issue, she said, “I’m sorry about the breakfasts, but at least I taught you how to use tools.”
A full moon is rising peach-colored the night of the five-hundred-year anniversary of Columbus’s landing in the New World. Six months ago I planned for this to be the day I’d finish my novel.