Many times we find ourselves living within the perimeter of physical, mental or figurative death. The borders erode and change shape over time. Something is always lost in these stretches of time, but not for long. The lost often are found, the hopeless often reborn. These prose selections bring with them the worn, imperfect, ragged edges of our lives.
Our first piece, “The Honor of Armadillos,” depicts two generations of flawed war memories at their margins. The next is a lyrical non-fiction piece, “The Basket of Shells,” where objects and their sum hold half-truths about childhood memories. In “How to Cure Cancer,” the sharp edges of grief and anger turn a corner into resolve. A traveler’s experience in Greece gives us a shred of confidence after a loss of self turns into determination in “Nobody.” Our final piece swirls around these others in the aftermath of death and holds close the microcosms of the natural world in “Concentric.”
It was an honor to work with each one of these talented authors and to peer into the mangled, tattered and sometimes unsettling corners and cracks we inhabit. Thank you for this opportunity to share their work.
Christi R. Suzanne