“Photograph, 1983” and “Sandbagging”

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“Photograph, 1983” and “Sandbagging”

by Rachel Richardson
Southern Cultures, Vol. 16, No. 1: Spring 2010

"The warden says fill and you fill it."

Photograph, 1983
for Lola Bell

When you and my grandmother both got old,
and she could not bear
the empty house, and all your children
were gone as well, some nights the two of you

crawled into her brass bed
“like a pair of old spinsters,” your sister