Ada Limon blogs for the Poetry Foundation.
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My parents owned a cleaning service, and Wednesday nights my brothers and I would help them scour an already-sterile doctor's office. On breaks—when my mother would smoke—I'd pry any random book from the doctor's shelves and sit myself down on his beautiful leather couch. I was maybe ten, poring over anatomically correct models, reading about sexual malfunction. It thrilled me.
Finalists for the 20th Annual Lambda Literary Awards: Poetry
Blackbird and Wolf, Henri Cole
A Gathering of Matter/A Matter of Gathering, Dawn Lundy Martin
Otherwise Obedient, Carol Potter
Fata Morgana, Reginald Shepherd
The Second Person, C. Dale Young
Human Resources, Rachel Zolf