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JOAN McNERNEY : Retired
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JOAN McNERNEY
Retired

Retired He sat beside the kitchen window watching snow fall over sycamores What could he hope for, some good news brought by mail. An unexpected call? His phone rang with reminders of medical appointments. No mail ever came but bills from doctors, clinics, hospitals, ads, charity appeals. He had grown accustomed to suffering, inured to the idea that his life was without much happiness or success. Accustomed to pain running along his back, through his knees, his feet, shortness of breath, cancers. Now in retirement, what was really left? Just bottles of pills to take every day. Death used to be something he could brush off. It happened to someone else. Now it seemed so close, as if it might come any day from some cold hand.

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JOAN McNERNEYnbsp;| Grocery Cashier

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JOAN McNERNEY | A History Professor
JOAN McNERNEY | Retail Sales Clerk

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PAUL HOSTOVSKY  | Repair
PAUL HOSTOVSKY | Bar Mitzvah Boy Studies the Lobsters in the Tank

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STEVEN M. CROSS | On Thinking about Cremation
JOYANNE O’DONNELL | Winter

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ALLISON GRAYHURST | Replenished
JOAN McNERNEY | about
ALLISON GRAYHURST | MY Hands

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JANET I. BUCK | The Shape of Sores
JANET I. BUCK | The Wilted Lei
JANET I. BUCK | Sex-Ed. Class

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FERESHTEH SHOLEVAR | A Post Card From A War Zone
FERESHTEH SHOLEVAR | The Eagle

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JOHN MANISCALCO | American Airlines Pilot
LAURIE CORZETT | Lesson of the Great Depression



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Joan McNerney’s poetry has been included in numerous literary zines such as Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze, Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Blueline, Missing of the Birds, and included in Bright Hills Press, Kind of A Hurricane Press and Poppy Road Review anthologies. She has been nominated three times for Best of the Net.


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