Issues

Fish and Wildlife

Drew 1957 I was trailing after my father on a path between tall pines, heading back to our cabin at Kentucky Lake. We’d hiked to the bait shop before anybody else had come awake so Daddy could phone Number One. Daddy runs coal mines down in the mountains, and Number…

My Side

It’s taken me four long nights to accept the fact that I don’t have to huddle on the left side of the bed anymore. I can spread out. I can sprawl in the middle. I can leave my light on. I can eat chocolate chip cookies on the duvet, or…

Book Review

Laura Long & Doug Van Gundy, Eds. Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods: Fiction and Poetry from West Virginia. Morgantown, W.Va.: Vandalia Books, 2017. 368 pages. Softcover. $32.99. Reviewed by Emily Masters Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods: Fiction and Poetry from West Virginia is a…

The Boy and the Rafter

This was the summer after the winter the coal stoves of our neighbors upwind dropped flocks of commas on the parable snow. Noon crickets slept. The wind abandoned August and our trailer—that’s when voices lulled me back, pressed my face to a split-glass

The Tall Book

for Tony Earley and after his fashion   I’ve determined the quiet beauty of things is what I hearken to, the grace of a papery butterfly tipping over the purple frill at the tops of ironweed, the field splayed up the hill and misty, the end of summer. Nothing like…