The Living Room

by Kathy Douglas

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The living room
is not exactly an ironic place

to be, looking back at me
from strategically hung

mirrors holding
not what lives here,

but what passes
for living.  The top

of a head, a corner
admiring itself, jade

receiving dawn next
to aloe, philodendron,

just like my mother’s
mantel before me held

trailing vines and my father’s
closet door mirrored

lives passing loud
and humble.


Kathy Douglas holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Bennington College and is the Assistant Director of Career Development at Yale University‚Äôs Environment School.  She is currently working on a memoir of her experience as a young mother enduring aggressive breast cancer treatment.  Her work has been published in The Cafe Review, Calyx, I Am Beautiful: A Celebration of Women in Their Own Words, Frostwriting, and Palimpsest: Yale Literary & Arts Magazine.

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