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Deborah Bacharach is the author of After I Stop Lying (Cherry Grove Collections, 2015). Her work has appeared in Arts & Letters, Cimarron Review, New Letters, and The Antigonish Review among many others. She is a writing tutor and college writing teacher. Find out more about her at her website.

Favorite poets: “So many poets inspire me. I turn to Hafiz for a release of the ecstatic; Ray Carver teaches me how to tell the truth clearly and plainly; Sharon Olds gives me permission to write about women’s sexuality; and Lucille Clifton gives me courage. I am currently reading (and loving) Phillis Levin, Simon Armitage, and Terrance Hayes.



This poem appears in After I Stop Lying (Cherry Grove Collections, 2015).