My chest tightens as fire grazes Sam’s skin, but finally he tosses the match he’s let burn down in his fingers, and the pile of brush jumps into flames. Pockets of damp sap crackle and hiss. We retrieve an armful each of empty aerosol cans from the silo, cans Sam stockpiled over many summers spent […]
Robin Black, this year’s final judge for the Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction, and keynote speaker for Philadelphia Stories’ 2016 Push to Publish conference, seemed to burst, fully formed, upon the national literary scene with the publication of her story collection, If I loved You, I Would Tell You This.
He didn’t know the thrill of the kill, but he knew he didn’t want to kill the thrill for his father. Everything in him felt scared, told him not to do it— words he could not echo. He sat in the tree stand with his coloring books, glanced up if something […]
I point 6-year-old Joey’s attention to the lime-green
I don’t remember when the panic attacks began, but I remember where.
The first step is to fall in love with the only boy that ever remembered your name. His charmed smile and kind eyes wage a coup against reason and you don’t even notice.
I am afraid
of noises miles away.
It’s like presence in a room
We forgot to water, we forgot to open the flue, so the living room quickly filled
I’m sitting here ankle deep in the brown blues of this creek,
hoping the slim oak board bridge we made doesn’t break.
The soul of the world sings in blue, sapphire
Midnight cerulean stone periwinkle Aegean