the backdrop of the credits
to see your mother's rejection—aah, you poor
She snuggled with the best of them thinking
& I would pull the plunger back & (I'd
'Panda Babies,' came out of my reading a secondhand Collected Catullus book and my attempt to write a different kind of poem for myself. Relatively consistent criticism from teachers and readers about parentheses encouraged me to straddle the fence and keep things open-ended all the way through. Beyond forcing myself to alter the structure of my poems, this poem deals with the same issues as most of my other recent work, namely the loss of a loved one to cancer. She loved watching the PBS documentary about pandas—it brought toothy grins and thoughts of far away places.