Dorothy Howe Brooks

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"For poems are not words, after all, but fire for the cold, ropes let down to the lost, something as necessary as bread in the pockets of the hungry. Yes, indeed."               Mary Oliver

Dorothy Howe Brooks writes poetry and fiction. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous literary journals including Tampa Review, Atlanta Review, Poet Lore, Mangrove Review, Louisiana Literature, and Bayou. Her latest chapbook, Subsoil Plowing, was published in 2018 by Finishing Line Press. Her poetry collection, A Fine Dusting of Brightness was published by Aldrich Press in 2013.

My mother is shrinking.
Her bones grow shorter as I
grow taller. She is collapsing
in on herself like a white
dwarf. I imagine

standing beside her
as she disappears into me,
a spent genie returning
to its home, her hair a silver
wisp of smoke trailing behind.

Friends say, "You have Alberta's
eyes." They find her,
young again, in my gestures,
the tilt of my head, places
I'd never think to look. 

(originally appeared in Georgia Journal)