When age collides with vanity
mammograms and blood tests;
when we are neither sunset, nor flower
nor brilliant season;
when our mothers are all departed
and when still, we are descended from Eve;
who will call us Darling?
Who will name us Sweetheart?
Nancy Jo Cullen’s stories have appeared in The Puritan, Prairie Fire, Grain, Plenitude, filling Station, The New Quarterly, This Magazine and The Journey Prize 24 and 26. She has published three collections of poetry with Frontenac House Press. Her most recent book, the short story collection Canary, is the winner of 2012 Metcalf-Rooke Award. Nancy Jo is the 2010 winner of the Writers’ Trust Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBT Writer.