Introduction: Family caregivers in fiction and poetry / Carol Levine -- Children of aging parents. Diem Perdidi / Julie Otsuka ; Whosoever: the language of mothers and sons / Rick Moody ; The third dumpster / Gish Jen ; Water / Li-Young Lee ; Lucky / Tony Hoagland ; Fathers and sons / David Mason ; Yesterday / W.S. Merwin ; Ode to meaning / Robert Pinsky ; Buckdancer's choice / James Dickey ; Where the groceries went / Raymond Carver -- Husbands and wives. Mrs. Cassidy's last year / Mary Gordon ; We are nighttime travelers / Ethan Canin ; The ship pounding / Donald Hall ; The sick wife / Jane Kenyon ; Alzheimer's: the wife / C.K. Williams ; Alzheimer's: the husband / C.K. Williams ; The bear came over the mountain / Alice Munro ; Thoreau's laundry / Ann Harleman ; The yawn / Rachel Hadas ; Mrs. Dumpty / Chana Bloch ; Visiting hours are over / Chana Bloch ; He read to her / Anne Brashler -- Parents and sick children. How to win / Rosellen Brown ; People like that are the only people her / Lorrie Moore ; Children's ward / Sarah Day ; Parents support group / Dick Allen ; Starter / Amy Hanridge -- Relatives, loves, and friends. The closet / Allegra Goodman ; The caregiver / Eugenia Collier ; Atlantis / Mark Doty ; Oceanic Hotel, Nice / Tereze Glück -- Pain caregivers. A pension plan / Ha Jin ; A bad day for Pisces / Fran Pokras Yariv ; Wheelchair / Lewis Nordan ; God's goodness: a short story / Marjorie Kemper.