A large part of June Story (and other poems) by Margaret Anne Ernst details the loss of a parent. On the surface, that sounds like a simple enough proposition. But in this chapbook, nothing is just “surface.” The parent, in this case, is transgender, and the title poem is a touching exploration of her life, her development, her movement through the world.
Margaret also explores the changed world one might have after losing a parent, as well as the “trapped” world that will seem familiar to many of us who lived through a global pandemic.
From “Letter to Shame”:
“At fourteen, I hid my rage.
Instead, it went inside.
I have wasted
so much time
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