Book Giveaway: Visible City
Congratulations to Ona Gritz!
Calls for Submissions — March 2014
Celebrating Diversity on Literary Mama’s Pages
The people on the black island don’t notice the flag, not when they can see, through the sliding doors of this cozy cabin, a family, the mother tending to dinner on the stovetop, the father holding the baby up toward the hand-hewn beams, the baby laughing.
Days pass. You can’t read. Can’t write. Can’t think. You cry more than you ever thought possible.
I would stare into the tunnel of a lane. The road would narrow, the sound of it under the car buzzing in my head.
They arrive ten minutes early, which Michelle regrets. She suggests a walk. He runs ahead. She feels as she always does, like a ball of string is unwinding before her, quickly, and she stands affectless for a moment watching. Finally she follows the string forward, believing that if she keeps tugging, the string will remain taut and the tension will save him.
Spring is feeling all too far away here in New England, and I’m musing on distance—the distance between what we want and what we have, between where we were and where we are, between several feet of frozen snow and that bit of earth where something ought to grow.
Last month’s “Birthing the Mother Writer” column asked readers to submit a creative nonfiction piece that illustrates the resistance to and need for rest as a mother writer. The following essay by Beth Koruna shows the particular problems encountered by women who care for their parents and their children at the same time—and the need to break free of the “sandwich” in order to begin to take care of their own creative minds and healthy bodies again.
There is no sun except her,
and she shines awkwardly, tag still
on her sunglasses, specks of supper
clinging to her cheek.
Aline Soules is the author of numerous poems and prose works. Her most recent publication, Meditation on Woman is a mix of prose poetry and flash fiction. A small selection of pieces appeared in the Kenyon Review under the book’s working title Woman Acts. Her chapbook, Evening Sun: A Widow’s Journey, will be published by ADC Press in 2014. Aline earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles in 2003 to go with her M.A. in English and M.S.L.S. in Library Science. She is widowed with a grown son and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Carol Smallwood invited Aline to talk about her passion for writing about women and mothers, how form enhances her themes, and the influence of other writers, the Internet, and writing classes.