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My Grandmother Buys Revere Ware

at Sears Roebuck, 1954

Josephine Yu

The salesman guarantees, “Them real good pots,” 

then coughs, corrects himself: “Top-of-the-line 

copper-clad cooking tools.” She hefts a stock 

pot in her right hand, weighing it against her 

youngest, hoisted on her cocked left hip, and 

chooses a six-piece set. 

                                               She hopes her griefs 

will come this way, as well: nesting neatly 

as Russian dolls, the smaller ones swallowed 

in the cold gleam of the larger, little sadnesses 

hidden, and someone approaching, unbidden, 

to appraise their value and help her carry them. 

Josephine Yu is the author of Prayer Book of the Anxious (Elixir P, 2016). Winner of the 15th Annual Elixir Press Poetry Awards and the Ploughshares 2013 Emerging Writers Contest, Josephine's work has appeared in The Southern Review, Ploughshares, New Letters, 32 Poems, Best New Poets, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. Visit her at

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