Griffin Epstein Literature Poetry

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Griffin Epstein

my advice to future parents is
be careful when you turn the bed

notice who hears the argument
                                     (xanax, gratitude,
                                     responsibility for what we can’t control)

do not raise your children to be lights
in a bomb shelter

do not teach them fear of the serpent
in every myth

remind them they can be lucky

they can see a gift        and refuse


Griffin Epstein is a non-binary white settler from NYC (Lenape land) working in education and community mental health in Tkaronto (Dish with One Spoon Territory). They have academic publications in Social Identities and Disability Studies Quarterly, and their recent poetry has appeared in Grain and r.k.v.r.y. They play in the band SPOILS.