Missing Narrative

by Alicia Askenase
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Title:
Missing Narrative
Author:
Alicia Askenase
Year: 
1989
Publication: 
Feminist Studies
Volume: 
15
Issue: 
1
Start Page: 
89
End Page: 
93
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Language: 
English
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Abstract:

ALICIA ASKENASE

MISSING NARRATIVE

Cheyenne was missing
four days before
her brothers.

Can you imagine
your children's faces
on that postcard?

Just four days
apart.
HAVE YOU SEEN US?

Well I'm going back
to the gallons because
when I open the fridge
snapshots stare at me under
great big letters spell

MISSING

Feminist Studies 15, no. 1 (Spring 1989). 1989 by Feminist Studies, Inc.

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Alicia Askenase

But I still have to open my mailbox. Who's in there today?

A Public Service Pro vided call 1-800for National and exploited name: hair: weight: sex

Cheyenne's middle name is Autumn.

Alicia Askenase

I saw a man driving a car the other day
with a boy standing up in the front seat.
Dirty diaper in the rear dash.
He had a stuffed toy and did not
appear frightened. But he was
too old for diapers. Maybe
just at night which he might
spend in the car.

Should I have taken down the license plate?
On what grounds.
Child porn or a relative.

Alicia Askenase

A couple on Long Island ran an ad. Their picture was in the paper.

Some say eighty-five percent and others say myth. Runaways also figure in.

Some say the most dangerous place for children is their homes what with divorce and all.

Alicia Askenase

I say don't run away at the mall someone might grab you and you might never see Mommy and Daddy

again that's what I said.

And you have seen me.

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