Genre: Creative Nonfiction

Cataloguing Pain as Marriage Counseling

Issue 7 | Winter 2021 |

          Pain syndromes are common in MS. In one study, 55% of people with MS had “clinically significant pain” at some time, and almost half had chronic pain. -National MS Society When my legs slowly paralyzed—heavy rain, wood, stone—I spent hours holding tight to the kitchen table trying to lift each knee into the …

Field Guide to Five Birds

Issue 6 | Summer 2021 |

    I. Black-Naped Oriole, Singapore, July 1990 I was drawn to the open window in the dining room by the tutti-frutti trill of a bird. It was early morning. I was on my first cup of coffee. The air was cool. Looking down from the fifteenth floor, I scanned the treetops and saw a …

Block

Issue 6 | Summer 2021 |

    He sat alone at his laptop, watching the moon blanch his keys. It was seven-thirty, late-April. His wife was upstairs in their room, sulking, though with a bit more gravity to her step. She was only thirty-six, and they had time for this, he knew. She knew it, too. She’d reminded him that …

Pilot Flame

Issue 4 | Summer 2020 |

    Narrow Way flows downhill towards our house like a patchwork river of potholes. Its broken stones shed asphalt band-aids, as though they could refuse a cover-up of things that came before. Half-timbered houses huddle close; a car can barely squeeze through the crooked gap. But, in a German town, this is a street: …

Ashes, Ashes

Issue 2 | Winter 2018 |

    Phantom Limbs I tell my son each family has a tree. I pencil lines on a page leading to his father, his sister, me: “People, like trees, have branches.” Branches in our tree bow abruptly on one side: One cracked unceremoniously—it was brittle— Two committed suicide—snapping off willfully— Another was in slow decay …

Casualties

Issue 1 | Fall 2017 |

  I. I must have seemed lost or incongruous, like a puppy on a plane, sitting alone in the second row of a crowded bus going to the airport. It seems quaint now to think about the Palestinian refugees in the camps on Aleppo’s outskirts (no one seems to remember them), two of whom turned …

The Doors

Issue 1 | Fall 2017 |

  I have lived a long time, though sorry to say I have not seen it all. As for the people I have met, virtually all are worthy to be written about. But here I have chosen to write about two of the more notable ones. Soon after the birth of the 1960’s I was …