Pearl Abraham on family, Yom Kippur, and the rites of forgiveness; Martha S. Jones on family, race, and identity; Michael A. Chaney on the slave craftsman Dave the Potter; Susan Kushner Resnick on the lingering emanations of a 1943 coal mine disaster; Amy Bernhard on her mother and the Amish; Natania Rosenfeld on shame, James Morrison on Edmund White.
Fiction by Gabriel Brownstein, James Brubaker, Margaret Eaton, Brady Hammes, Rachel May.
Poetry by Stephen Cramer, John Hart, Shara Lessley, Travis Mossotti, Mary Peelen, Stephanie Pippin, Martha Serpas, Ruth Williams.
* Claire Skinner *
If you’re a poet (or anyone with a sensitive personality prone to changeable moods), Spring can pose some emotional challenges. It can be grating–cruel, even–when the beauty of the outside world (daffodils! baby robins! teens in love!) seems at odds with whatever’s going on in the hidden cupboards of the self.
* Ann Marie Thornburg *
Before he arrived that night, the dream felt so aimless, or had cleverly concealed its design. I made my way from echo chambers with high ceilings to slender corridors. Suddenly I was flung from some endless, endless procession around a bone-colored room to a position at my father’s side.