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only the bowls are empty

glass bowls by the stoveline the counter, a circleof stars as light catches them,each filled, waiting — the greenand white shallots, garlic’spungent slivers, fresh...

The Mighty Mississippi, August 29, 2021

What alarmed you, O sea, that you fled? River Jordan, that you ran backward? — Psalms 114:5   After the thrill-flash in the storm-dark, chant-count your prayers, a child’s...

Folklore

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

Soap

“Can’t you just think about the children for one, single minute?” My friend was red-faced and yelling, his words surprisingly staccato considering the large amounts...

Ask Annie: How Writers Should Read

Writers, especially those just starting out, should read omnivorously, insatiably, constantly, selfishly, and slowly. So slowly that the flow and rhythms of the prose...

Review: Play Like A Girl

Eleven seniors and eleven juniors faced off against each other on a crisp fall day in a Nashville suburb. The high school had a...

Somatic Code

I found myself falling a lot the year after my husband died. I worked hard to convince myself that I was well on the...

Slow Children Playing

1973 My name is Krista. I might be the most interesting kid in this neighborhood, or maybe I’m only a know-it-all. I heard my mom...

Kudzu

I should have been keeping vigil but slept while tumor entwined artery and vein, nourished while it devoured her blood its blood, thriving in the exchange. Failure feeds obsession, taken...
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Ask Annie: How Writers Should Read

Writers, especially those just starting out, should read omnivorously, insatiably, constantly, selfishly, and slowly. So slowly that the flow and rhythms of the prose...

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