Winter 2015: Prose
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.
Through the magic of language, 20 poets challenge us to write and live bravely.
Five risk-taking voices burn with the fire of transformation.
Four artists share their diverse sensibilities as confident mark-makers.
With clear eyes and articulate voices, five young women confront terrifying aspects of human experience.
Meet the authors and artists – from first-timers to well-established – who grace our sixth issue with their voices and visions.
LETTER FROM THE MANAGING EDITOR
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