Wednesday, June 14, 2017

"Lineage Is its Own Religion" by Jennifer Militello

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June 14, 2017

Lineage Is Its Own Religion

Jennifer Militello

About This Poem


"This poem presents the family as a form of religion, with many of the same hierarchies, rituals, and hypocrisies. Though the organizational structure of the familial church is theoretically based in love and the development of our best selves, the realities that actually evolve through that complex space often lead instead to damage, estrangement, and distress."
—Jennifer Militello


Jennifer Militello is the author of A Camouflage of Specimens and Garments (Tupelo Press, 2016). She teaches in the MFA program at New England College and lives in Goffstown, New Hampshire.


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