Lies My Mother Told Me / Lies I Told My Mother by Daniel Uncapher

*Featured Image: “NeYoLiberalism.” By Claire Halpine

Lies My Mother Told Me / Lies I Told My Mother

by Daniel Uncapher

You must go to school.

I’m too sick to go to school!

I have eyes on the back of my head.

I missed the bus!

We can’t afford cable.

I wasn’t watching TV!

Hairless men are highly evolved.

I understand!

Mothers never forget.

I don’t remember!

The fern was already dead.

I watered it every day!

He’s staying in the guesthouse tonight.

I haven’t heard from him!

It’s only a mole, totally meaningless.

You look beautiful!

He’s getting sober.

I’m totally clean!

You had nothing to do with it.

People can change!

We’ll talk soon.

I’ll call you!


Daniel Uncapher is the Sparks Fellow at the University of Notre Dame, where he received his MFA. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Chicago Literary Review, Tin House Online, Baltimore Review, Hawai'i Pacific Review, Neon, and others.

Clare Halpine's work fuses broader political themes through personal humor. As an artist, writer and filmmaker, she is interested in humor and performance as a means to negotiating the anxiety of the personal and political status quo.

Born and raised in Canada, Clare received her BFA from Mount Allison University in 2009 and my MFA from the University of Washington in 2017. Her work has been recently shown at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery and the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, and at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York City.

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