Two poems by alum Kerrin McCadden (poetry, ’14), “The Dead” and “How the Heart Works,” appear at The Collagist.

The Dead

They worry I won’t keep the graves when they’re gone.
See my mother brushing off her hands

at her mother’s grave, surveying lots,
approving and disapproving care and neglect,

my father deep in thought. The trees above
them are the gods of Massachusetts, big-

handed and quiet, tall fathers approving
the play of children in the yard. Somehow

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