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Parneshia Jones

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Parneshia Jones

Parneshia Jones is the author of the poetry collection, Vessel: Poems (Milkweed Editions, 2015). She is the sales and subsidiary rights manager and poetry editor for Northwestern University Press and lives in Evanston, Illinois.


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Weir, Mississippi, 1984

Sara Ross,
Great and Grand-mother of all
rooted things waits on the family porch.
We make our way back to her beginnings.

Six daughters gather space and time
in a small kitchen.
Recipes as old as the cauldron
and aprons wrap around these daughters;