March 2024 Poem: The last time my mother

A writer reflects on a melancholy but special time with an aging parent as her memories start to fade.
by Debra Kaufman | illustration by Chelsea Ragan

Debra Kaufman is the author of the poetry collections Outwalking the Shadow, God Shattered, Delicate Thefts, The Next Moment and A Certain Light, as well as three chapbooks, many monologues and short plays and five full-length plays. Learn more about her work at

Chelsea Ragan is a paper collage illustrator based in Black Mountain, North Carolina. See more of her work at