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By Maggie Petrella

everything i know about my father

is the way he quietly

packs half the apartment

by my side, steady presence

bringing boxes, offering

each tchotchke with care, patiently

waiting for trembling nods, swaddling

my whole life in gentle newspaper


Maggie Petrella (she/her) is a Buffalonian poet based in Baltimore, MD. Her work has appeared in Back Patio Press, Paddler Press, Variety Pack, and others. She is online at or on Twitter.


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