Letter to My Country Doctor Father

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Corn in Rush County, Indiana, photographed by Rebecca Norris Webb in 2017. Courtesy of the author.

You taught me to accept whatever came to the door: a bushel of corn, two porterhouse steaks, a bag of bittersweet horehound candy—your favorite—and the suffering that each of us carry, sometimes nearly hidden, except for something about the eyes. How heavy this homemade lemon pie, with its mountains upon mountains of meringue.

Rebecca Norris Webbis a photographer and poet. Both image and text are from her book, Night Calls, forthcoming from Radius Books, Santa Fe, in September 2020.
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