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Aprons

After my mother’s death, my sisters and brother and I embarked on a task familiar to many adult children: clearing out our childhood home....

Aubade

King of neither plant nor animal but of mornings after rain / / ghost sprung in the gloaming a memory of betweenness / / arisen in the dark and...

Folklore

This series explores real and imagined customs and superstitions.     For more Folklore, visit Lindsey Leigh Art.

The Silver Lining of the Black Box

I teach to Black Boxes. At the beginning of the school year teaching psychology to high school seniors on Zoom was intimidating and confusing. Black...

Ask Annie: Truth or Fiction?

Anne Bernays has been a mainstay of Pangyrus since our launch–and a mainstay of fiction and non-fiction writing for decades.  Co-author of What If?, one of...

Normal People and the Intimate Problem of Patriarchy

I avoided Normal People for as long as I could. I didn’t have a Hulu subscription and, having read neither Sally Rooney’s book nor...

Love Letter to My Soon to Be 13-Year-Old Black Son

This essay was originally published in August 2020, but in honor of all mothers everywhere, Pangyrus is sharing it again for Mother's Day 2021. Dear...

Three Micro Stories

Gifted Sister My oldest sister is gifted. When things break, she fixes them. Though often they still don’t work, our parents beam with pride. Sometimes...

To Stand Down (And To Stand By)

A Pangyrus selection for Juneteenth. ancestry is all i have / the only artform that remains / how else to explain this oscillating darkness / my id...
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Advice

Dear Pan: Coronavirus Spoil Sport

We love advice columns.  But so much of what passes for advice is really the conventional wisdom of one particular culture, at one moment...

Further Reading