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American Life in Poetry: Family Stories

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An exchange of stories is frequently one of the first steps toward a friendship. Here's the recollection of one of those exchanges, by Dorianne Laux, who lives and teaches in North Carolina.

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Family Stories

I had a boyfriend who told me stories about his family,

how an argument once ended when his father

seized a lit birthday cake in both hands

and hurled it out a second-story window. That,

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