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Female in Four Parts

A previously unwritten segment from my forthcoming chapbook “Don’t Tell Grandma”

So don’t ask me why I never said a thing.
Your answer is in what you taught me —
how you taught me to fear my skin —
that the only way to win was
to be less than everything I am.

from “Purity Culture” by Julia Marsiglio



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Samantha Lazar

Poetry, fiction, and essays in celebration of being a Mom, Wife, Educator, Writer, & Lover of Life.