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Winter 2015: Prose

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From the planned burning of brush in Zambia to a forest fire that yields fourteen pint jars of honey to the “sensual heat of skin on skin,” these five prose pieces – four of narrative non-fiction, one a short story – are alive with the fire of risk and transformation.

In “Bless Our Great Nation, Zambia! Zambia!” a fifteen-year-old missionary leaves everything she knows to work in a small Zambian village where she often feels out of place. Back home, she longs for “the smell of a brush fire and the beating of distant drums.”

In “Liminal,” a woman in her forties seeks the fire and freedom of her younger self by attempting to seduce a fellow writer after a decade with a husband she adores.

The narrator of “The Tomorrow Fire” tells the story of fighting “fire #8 near Hammaker Meadows,” where the crew discovers that the top third of a sugar pine lying on the ground is filled with honeycomb.

The speaker in “Ablaze” stalks fire in all its forms, finding it kin to the fire that burns within her and manifests itself in both pleasure and pain.

In “Left As It Was, It Would Come Apart,” a woman examines teenage years spent as top student, prom princess and “slut,” and the family dynamics that contribute to these divergent roles.

Each of these pieces is told by a narrator who not only takes risks, but also examines the gifts risk-taking brings to her life. The gifts are not simple, just as the stories we create as adults cannot be the simple “and then” stories we tell ourselves as children. As we reflect on their stories, they show us the shadows and light of a dancing fire.

Michelle Fredette
Helen Sinoradzki
Prose Co-Editors

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        A Great Wild Goodness
 by Annie Lighthart

        Going South by Christine Gray

        a welcome week by Hannah Sams

        Ophelia, at Fifty, in a Blue Blow-up Canoe by Deborah Dombrowski

        A Passing Music by Barbara LaMorticella

        Girl Fishing with Grandpa by Helen Kerner

        Perimeter by Amy Schutzer

        Two Poets in the Weight Room by Tricia Knoll

        Skeletons by Christa Kaainoa

        A Poem for Dany by Suzy Harris

        Lineage by Amy Schutzer

        The Bucket by M.K. Moen

        Bernier River by Christine Dupres

        Silence by Margie Lee

        Advice by Donna Prinzmetal

        Sometimes at Night by Jennifer Pratt-Walter

        Fissure by Elizabeth Moscoso

        Whale by Cathy Cain

        In the Modern World by Annie Lightheart

        Love poem to an acquaintance by Allegra Heidelinde

        Dialogue between Magician and Tattooist by Christine Gray

        Under the sign of the water bearer by Jennifer Kemnitz

        city spacious heart by Pearl Waldorf


        Bless Our Great Nation, Zambia! Zambia! by Gypsy Martin

        Liminal by Stephanie Golisch

        The Tomorrow Fire by Kelly Coughlin

        Ablaze by Heather Durham

        Left As It Was, It Would Come Apart by Jackie Shannon-Hollis


        Sibling 1 by Michelle Latham

        Sibling 2 by Michelle Latham

        Sibling 3 by Michelle Latham

        Totem by Kelly Neidig

        Stratum by Kelly Neidig

        Swift by Kelly Neidig

        Breaking Free by Erin Leichty

        Capture Threads by Erin Leichty

        Hardware by Erin Leichty


        Visions on the Playground by Meghana Mysore

        Chasing Thunder by Berkeley Franklin

        Elegy for Christy by Lily Boyd

        Social Media by Maya Coseo

        A Hundred Acre Wood by Audra McNamee