Spring 2015

Spring 2015 Editor’s Note

Since February, three friends of mine have been diagnosed with cancer. Their stories are all too familiar. A few odd pains—nothing too severe— an eventual doctor’s visit, followed by a couple more, and finally, a diagnosis that seemingly came from out of the blue. They are all in their sixties.…

Tragedy on a Large Stage

In Raymond Carver’s iconic “What We Talk about When We Talk about Love,” the two couples at the center of the narrative never leave the kitchen table, and yet, over the course of its fifteen pages, the story dangles these characters over a dark existential abyss. Alice Munro’s “Runaway” places…

Stalking the White Deer

Dalton stalked the white deer. It became his obsession, like finding that thing and owning it in a hard, bloody way would fill a hole neither of us could name. We were newly married then and him just back from the war. He’d been home about a year, but it…
Interview: Wiley Cash

Interview: Wiley Cash

Wiley Cash and I sit in the Rhododendron Lodge dining room at Virginia’s Breaks Interstate Park, where he is the guest author for the Appalachian Writing Project’s annual Writing Retreat. A wall of glass gives us a panorama of peaks and cliffs that are known as the “Grand Canyon of the…

Hawks at Dusk

for William Kirk Tonight will be the longest night in the history of the Earth, I am told, but even such a little eternity beggars imagination, while the things of this world, illuminated by the distant sun, do not. They still deserve our attention: twelve red-tails on the way back…

Flight

Our twelve-seater sits on concrete cracked and filled with rubber on a mountaintop just a hair shorter than the bare ridge beside, already ripped of leaves save the tough red oak making a stand amongst grey poplar and the broad green flanks of pine.

Beauty Strip (Woolfitt)

William Kelley Woolfitt. Beauty Strip. Huntsville, Tex.: Texas Review Press, 2014. 82 pages. Softcover. $19.95. William Kelley Woolfitt’s poetry collection Beauty Strip offers a poet’s sure touch in language and sound. This full-length poetry collection both celebrates the beauty and history of West Virginia and laments the destruction wrought by…