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Wednesday, May 13, 2020


by Fran Schumer

White-bellied pangolin photo by Darren Pietersen.

My son sends a picture of a pangolin;
my husband jokes that lunch is bat soup
and pangolin stew.
My mother calls me, angry at my father
for sleeping all the time,
and leaving her to die alone.

Fran Schumer is the author of Powerplay (Simon and Schuster; NYT bestseller) and Most Likely to Succeed (Random House). Her work has appeared in various sections of The New York Times including Op Ed, Book Review and Sunday Magazine; also, Vogue, The Nation, The North American Review, and other publications. She is the winner of a Goodman Loan Grant Award for Fiction from the City University of New York. She lives and teaches in New Jersey.