“Collage #60” © DL Polonsky


Still Life with School Shooting Or My Children are Still
Alive and Go To School Today Inside the Wincing Bereavement

A friend asks:

How are you?

I do not say: I feel as well
as a leaf
of tragedy
bold and sickly green,
yet heart-shaped
and a kiss of lemon
into the greening corner.

I say, I’m ok.


Chrissy Stegman is a wife, mother, poet, and forest nerd from Baltimore. Her work often weaves in religion, myth creation, cultural obsessions, and the intersection of grief. Her work sometimes showcases the comfortable ambivalence of poverty and violence. She loves reading and writing poetry, the faces of strangers, finding forests, and holding her husband’s hand.

DL Polonsky is a Boston area artist, writer, and filmmaker. His caricatures have appeared in The Boston Herald and His written work includes the children’s book The Letter Bandits from T.B.W. Books.