Arlene Weiner

The factory's about to close.
Your birth mother shows up
needing a kidney. War is declared.
You'll have to sell your goat.
The principal suspect turns up dead.
You were switched at birth
for Frances Gumm.

After a youth of eating vegan cheese
you discover butter. You've been
living a lie. He's been living a lie.
They've been living a lie.
Living's a lie. At the window,
a white face that looks familiar.

Arlene Weiner lives in Pittsburgh, where she is active in several poetry groups. Her poems have appeared in the Paterson Literary Review, Pleiades, Poet Lore, and U.S. 1 Worksheets, have been anthologized, and have been heard on The Writer's Almanac. Ragged Sky Press published two collections of her poems, Escape Velocity (2006) and City Bird (2016). Arlene was awarded a residence at the MacDowell Colony. She also writes plays. Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater Co. produced her play Findings, and Carlow University Theater performed her monologue Clothesline.

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