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Three Mothers

I drag around one mother like everyone does, I’ve another I made from hope, and there’s the one I look for but will probably not find – not one mom among them. Tom Holmes is the founding editor of Redactions: … Continue reading

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Not All Highways Have Tolls – Birth Mother’s Letter of Advice

Thomas, you will experience I-90, its long stretch from Boston to Seattle and Rochester to Buffalo between, where it cuts twice through a mountain, where you’ll have your first memory – gray-haired lady without a face, rearview mirror, radio knobs … Continue reading

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Non-Identifying Information Questions

I was born a husky boy with a fringe of red hair no doubt from your blood or maybe dad’s. Who knows? Not me. Maybe you do, maybe? I mean, you wrote dad’s eyes had the color of unknown. Didn’t … Continue reading

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Birth Mother in Morning: Post-Dated Letter to Her Son

Someone closed the shades. Nurses and doctors stepped in and out. What they allowed me to hold in my arms could slip away like dawn into morning. I said, “could.” We understood it to be “would,” but I didn’t know … Continue reading

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Wondering Who to Play For

You glance at the head mirror and turn away. His stethoscope is also more powerful than you. Between your legs, an egress with a prisoner’s bulbous eyes escapes before end of term. Toes fall in its mouth. You look to … Continue reading

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Birth Mother’s Mixed Messages

The mustached nun wraps you in her scarf, holds you out the window, and you struggle as someone laughs. I laugh like someone yawned. “Drop it in the garden,” I say, “let it blossom.” Don’t listen. Read my mind – … Continue reading

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Birth Father’s Address

When his lover passed with their child between her thighs, he decided to grow old, alone in a Winnebago with its tiny mirror in the cramped bathroom and no windows for sunlight. The mirror slowly clouded. He could not see … Continue reading

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