illness

Reasons To Tremble Like Earth

Reasons To Tremble Like Earth 1920 1440 Larina Warnock

Underwater rumblings off the coast of Oregon, apt occurrences while I ponder seismic waves crashing through my brain. How much pain can you possibly cause all these years later? The…

Delirium, After Plath

Delirium, After Plath 1920 1327 Gilberte O'Sullivan

I thank her too early, the woman who has brought me tea in a broken handle cup that was once my mother’s. It’s plain orange pekoe, the kind that ails…

The Sunset

The Sunset 1920 1274 Norman Belanger

“You maybe want to get a cocktail?” Michael asks, his head is hanging out the bus window. We are both a bit overheated, already drunk. He’s pointing at this dive,…

A Portrait

A Portrait 1920 1007 Alison Braid

The winter of 1992, the phone rang off the hook and wild dogs got into the peacock hut. Harriet read the last real winter had been in 1986, when the…

Winter Sweeps Away the Old

Winter Sweeps Away the Old 1920 1134 Marilyn Duarte

It was early March—not yet spring, but not entirely winter—when you stopped eating. There were still traces of snow on the ground when you stopped talking. O inverno limpa os…

Deliver These to Ricky

Deliver These to Ricky 1920 1440 Christy Lorio

In June 2018 I made a discovery that I shared something with my dad. These letters serve as a way to explore and connect our shared experience. Chris and Christin…

Home

Home 1920 1080 Angela M. Shupe

Rose petals lie open to the wind. Vibrant fuchsia has faded to a soft blush, the color now muted of its former vitality. A few petals have fallen and now…

I Imagine Cancer Feels Cold

I Imagine Cancer Feels Cold 1440 1920 Rachel Haywood

Mom had cancer when I was in preschool. Breast cancer. Four-year-olds shouldn’t have to think about much beyond counting by ones and coloring inside the lines. But cancer doesn’t care…

A 1,000 Piece Puzzle

A 1,000 Piece Puzzle 2500 1406 Christine Taylor

After dinner we have time Daddy’s feeding tubes cleaned his pillows fluffed so Mommy, Paula, and I spread puzzle pieces on the basement tile floor. Manicured gardens surround an old…

What We Talked About the Last Time We Talked About Anything

What We Talked About the Last Time We Talked About Anything 2500 1406 Meeah Williams

Across a tiny white square of table, your friend Joanie is slowly dying, although neither of you is supposed to know that just yet. She is wearing an exultant silk…

gemini

gemini 3388 1926 alyssa hanna

the curve of her spine falling like rainwater. the smell of whiskey in her hair. a dirty gold braid longing to be loved. this is the twin that sleeps above…

At a Restaurant the Night My Son Died

At a Restaurant the Night My Son Died 1920 1152 Chanel Brenner

I sat across from him, shooting his portrait with my phone. His charcoal sweatshirt faded into the dark booth. He played tic-tac-toe in the dim light. I should have known…

Village Road

Village Road 2995 2443 Joyce Wheatley

Here, a village road, darkly quiet, winds under sunset’s opal sky, wisps tinged turquoise green, rose, tint the low horizon. Here, a country lake, old sailors dock weathered boats, dusty…