over these neighborhoods and created neighborhoods that had no room or space for family intimacy or even neighbors. Along with the death of what neighbors and family used to be the author of the poem has to deal with the death of her own father. And the realization that she not
only lost her father but her way of life, her neighborhood or family or own view of America. There still is hope – even though the side yard no longer exists – there is a ladder that her father left there. How can she reach it?
She coedited Dark as a Hazel Eye: Coffee & Chocolate Poems and Eating Her Wedding Dress: A Collection of Clothing Poems. Her new poems are gathered in The Remaining Ingredients and have appeared in Mead, The Curator, Edison Literary Review, and Contemporary American Voices.
Arya F. Jenkins “After Diane Beatty’s Photograph, “History Abandoned" https://chrisricecooper.blogspot.com/2018/03/11-backstory-of-poem-after-diane.html