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Why I Stopped Watering the Plants

Why I Chose It: Michigan Quarterly Review reader Abigail McFee introduces Kristene Kaye Brown’s “Why I Stopped Watering the Plants” from our Spring 2021 issue. You can purchase it here. “A body that hungers is a body that hopes,” begins Kristene Kaye Brown’s “Why I Stopped Watering the

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Gametes

My cousin floats on her back a few feet away.
She’s the most beautiful thing—

Five years older & mean,
she used to kick me in my sleep.

We lie facedown on the concrete dock
as a hawk circles us.