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American Life in Poetry: Fish Fry Daughter

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Sara Ries is a poet from Buffalo, N.Y., whose parents run a diner. Here's one of her delightful poems about family life for a short order cook.

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Fish Fry Daughter

Holiday Inn kitchen, the day I am born:

My father is frying fish for a party of seventeen

when the call comes from the hospital. He stays

until the batter is crispy, cold salads scooped

on platters, rye bread buttered.

Dad never told me this story.

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