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Richard Cole

Richard Cole is a technical writer, poet, and essayist, and the author of a book of poems, The Glass Children (University of Georgia Press). He and his wife live in Austin, Texas, and are currently expecting another child.

— From November 1994
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Waiting For Emma

In fact, we’ve always been positive about having another child. We both imagine a daughter: Emma, a real fireball, definite in her opinions and politically precocious. I can even see the birth announcement. It says, “Announcing . . .” in bold type on the cover, then opens up to a color xerox of Eugène Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People — that painting of a woman who’s marching over the barricades, one breast bared, with a fearless young kid waving his pistols and a dying old man looking up at her in wonder. I know that sounds odd for a card introducing a newborn, but that’s what I see: woman warrior.

November 1994
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