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"My Mother Used to Cut..."

Nathaniel Farrell

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"My mother used to cut," by Nathaniel Farrell from Newcomer. (UDP, 2014)

Numbered and signed by the author. Designed and printed using lead type and linocut at the UDP studio for a Lighght Reading at IF/THEN, South Kortright, NY, August 9, 2014.

Excerpt ˇ


My mother used to cut

our hair in the grass, to hold the scissors at my ear and tell me

to sit up in the chair as its legs sank slowly

into the lawn until the roots and runners stopped some.

The bird bath tilted in the wet earth.

My hair looked funny all around me in the grass.

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About the Author

Nathaniel Farrell

Nathaniel Farrell, an educator and poet, was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania. He holds a doctorate in English Literature from Columbia University in New York. His chapbook The Race Poems—a take on race relations during the Iraq War and the Second Intifada—was published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2005. Newcomer (UDP, 2014) is his first book, a long poem set in an undefined American-soil campaign. He has published poems in 6x6, Greetings Magazine, and The Recluse. He currently resides in St. Louis.