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“Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures”: An Interview with Michael Farris Smith
Michael Farris Smith’s new novel, Desperation Road (Lee Boudreaux Books) comes on the heels of his highly-successful second offering,...
“Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures”: An Interview with Michael Farris Smith
“Fork Play”
There is a fork here. I consider lifting it and placing it against my husband’s right temple then applying pressure. Gentle at first then...
“Fork Play”
“Fall On Your Knees”
We met at the public library across a scratched wooden table. He asked “What are you reading?” At thirteen, I was thrilled to be...
“Fall On Your Knees”
“A Player’s Guide to Spring Training, Pt. 5: Hitting”
Go to the batting cage daily. Practice two hundred balls a morning, get used to that feeling of the bat humming against your gloves. Forget...
“A Player’s Guide to Spring Training, Pt. 5: Hitting”
“What We Take, What We Leave Behind”
  There is no furniture in my father’s house, although we unearth a pink crushed velvet sofa the third or fourth day of sifting...
“What We Take, What We Leave Behind”
“The Light Like A Stain”
It’s not that she’d expected them to form a cohesive whole for the rest of time, but she’d anticipated they’d distract each other...
“The Light Like A Stain”
“The Garden of a Thousand Suns”
After I’ve signed the papers and the thing is finished, Tess makes coffee and asks me to leave. “I want to see Aimee,” I say,...
“The Garden of a Thousand Suns”
“Radiance”
Mother cannot bear to throw out books donated to the library under her watch. Stored in our attic, dozens of boxes filled with paperbacks...
“Radiance”
The Story Behind the Story: “Together”
Ever since reading Jeffrey Eugenides’ novel Virgin Suicides in 1993, I’ve been fascinated by the first-person plural voice and how it...
The Story Behind the Story: “Together”
“Faces”
Momma’s Face Momma’s got pink eyes, always wet and dribbling like the leaky sink. Drip. Virginia taught me a song once about Minnie Ha...
“Faces”
“Caterpillar”
When my baby was born, I told everyone he looked like a caterpillar. My friends and even my husband thought it was funny at first, but I...
“Caterpillar”
“The Sowder Sisters”
Ruby was fine until she gassed herself. I must of told her a hundred times, “If you don’t keep that stove lit, Sister, you’re going...
“The Sowder Sisters”
“Wind”
A storm is coming. Mr. Crosby, the Scout Master, turns up the radio and yells over the weatherman for everyone to start packing up. His son...
“Wind”
“Early Morning Landing in Newark”
Dropping from heaven and looking out the window, the clouds thin and lights wink through the whistling dark where tail lights are drifting...
“Early Morning Landing in Newark”
“A Break Up in Stages”
  After three and a half months, which winds up being the halfway point in your relationship, this is the first time Mia wanted to...
“A Break Up in Stages”
Why I Write: Jean M. Cogdell
I wish, like George Orwell, I could say I’d envisioned myself a writer from an early age. However, as far back as I can remember, I...
Why I Write: Jean M. Cogdell
“Marie Antoinette”
—Queen of France, guillotined by order of the French Revolutionary Tribunal, 1793 softly on the arm he touches his wife and they...
“Marie Antoinette”