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November 14, 2017

We Named You Mercy

Amanda Johnston

About This Poem


“Writing about my abortions has been difficult. I’m still finding my way through the arc of emotions and language necessary to carry me through the process. Gwendolyn Brooks’s poem ‘the mother’ and Terrance Hayes’s form, the golden shovel, made it possible for me see the poem set upon my heart.”
—Amanda Johnston


Amanda Johnston is the author of Another Way to Say Enter (Argus House Press, 2017). She teaches in the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine. She lives in Austin, Texas.



Poetry by Johnston


Another Way to Say Enter

(Argus House Press, 2017)

"the mother" by Gwendolyn Brooks


"Blackacre" by Monica Youn


"Little Apophat" by Jenny Johnson




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