Adea by Chloé Yelena Miller

1908 in Newark, New Jersey


Carmela’s ten children’s names

restored Sala Consilina, a paese embracing a mountain.

Her voice shuffled from giving birth,

Carmela named her second daughter after her mother:

Adea.

The literate midwife

scripted the letters to her own mother’s name:

Dora.

Carmela dreamed in italiano,

never wrote her mother a letter

on lightweight, blue-tinted paper

without paying someone word by word.

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