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Family Laundry: "Someone Else's Story," by Luanne Castle.

Family Laundry: “Someone Else’s Story,” by Luanne Castle.

An online exclusive. “… a young mother whose husband was involved in a catastrophic accident and had to be institutionalized.” In the sixth installment of this series exploring family history and its conversion into a faithful narrative, Luanne Castle reconstructs the life of a distant relation on her grandmother’s side, a woman whose resilience in the...
Genealogy of a Poet: Introducing Luanne Castle’s “Family Laundry” series.

Genealogy of a Poet: Introducing Luanne Castle’s “Family Laundry” series.

“The poem felt so right to me that I decided to take my research, add to it, and write poems and creative nonfiction about my ancestors…” Castle’s new series digs deep into her family’s past for historical persona poems. A poem and related archival materials will appear on BROAD STREET’s site every Friday till the...
Family Laundry: "The Weight of Smoke," by Luanne Castle.

Family Laundry: “The Weight of Smoke,” by Luanne Castle.

“What was beautiful to the sight felt like a flaw to the touch …” An online exclusive. The Paake children in the fire, all grown up . Front row: Theresa and Cora. Back: Frances, George, Jr., and Jennie (Jane). Note the watch that Cora is wearing. In the fourth installment of this series, Luanne Castle chronicles a devastating fire...
Family Laundry: “More Burials,” by Luanne Castle.

Family Laundry: “More Burials,” by Luanne Castle.

“Far from the cemetery here in Zwammerdam, far from the hole they have already begun to dig …” A Dutch orphan survives abuse, emigrates to America, and dies of malaria while fighting in Cuba–all within twenty-one years. This third installment of the “Family Laundry” series sees Luanne Castle imagining a mother, long deceased, writing her son’s...
Family Laundry: “An Account of a Poor Oil Stove Bought off Dutch Pete,” by Luanne Castle.

Family Laundry: “An Account of a Poor Oil Stove Bought off Dutch Pete,” by Luanne Castle.

“She and the fire column in movement, she forward. It spins upward a hallucinatory dance…” BROAD STREET presents the first installment of a series tracing Luanne Castle’s ancestry in poems and short prose — with photographs, newspaper clippings, and other source materials: the small things from which Luanne has pieced together family history.The poem itself can be...