Fairest

In white families 

like mine, Mom’s 

northern European 

genes carried more 

weight than Dad’s 

Lehigh BA. She rubbed 

her tiny turned up nose 

in his Greek face & we 

agreed she could’ve been 

Faye Dunaway in those 

bent Polaroids. Looks-

wise, she said, 

we should be glad 

she married Dad. 



Hilary Sideris has recently published poems in The American Journal of Poetry, Bellevue Literary Review, Free State Review, Gravel, The Lake, Main Street Rag, Rhino, Salamander, and Southern Poetry Review. She is the author of Most Likely to Die (Poets Wear Prada 2014), The Inclination to Make Waves (Big Wonderful 2016), Un Amore Veloce (Kelsay 2019) and The Silent B (Dos Madres 2019).

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