Spring 2018

Book Review: Weedeater (Robert Gipe)

Robert Gipe. Weedeater. Athens, Oh.: Ohio University Press, 2018. 250 pages. Hardcover. $27.95. Dawn Jewell is back. Robert Gipe’s second novel, a sequel to the much-loved Trampoline, revisits our favorite citizens of Canard County, Kentucky. While Weedeater is a standalone work, those who have not yet read Gipe’s first book…

Cave Country

Consider the sinkhole formation, the sudden black dot emerging from green pasture, growing, eating, swallowing. Cool air spills from below, bends the scorched grass. Consider the properties of this formation – the presence of dark, the absence of light, moist ground beneath the dry surface – a lost trust that…


In the afternoons the boy fumbles with the hatchet like the razor he took from his father the day he wanted to shave the child off of his face. From my porch I watch him swing into a pitch pine at the edge of his field, its yellow flesh chipping


The world makes no distinction between the knife that parts the wall or sorts the army your heart has built, or the one that makes room and way for love, that open space we fill with nights by the creek or sprawled on quilts to watch the Perseids fall above…

Passing of Grief

Your desert boots in the corner of the closet, slump against hardwood where you left them by the door, where I left them by the door, that cracking sound they made when lifted from that hard, still place, something giving way. Canoe through Shenandoah current where