Written for a series, 43 Poems by 43 Authors in Response to COVID-19.
My brother was teaching me to drive a stick. There were plenty of dirt roads in Cheyenne, and it wasn’t hard to find one that went uphill. I just couldn’t move my left foot from the brake to the clutch fast enough to get it in gear before rolling back down the hill.
“Okay, let’s try her again.”
I often use The Shape of a Pocket by John Berger when teaching students to write essays. His exquisite prose about art fires their imaginations.
A hospital fundraiser is the scene of a chance meeting in Linda Cutting’s “What Matters”. Ailments small and large spark a lighthearted flirtation that leads a man and a woman to connect. (3:01)
A poem published in the Winter 2011/2012 issue, available in electronic and printed form.
Finalist for an Audie Award, 1997. A concert pianist describes how the sudden resurgence of repressed memories of years of sexual abuse by her father and the suicides of her two brothers destroyed her ability to remember and produce music, and her painful struggle to confront the past and regain her life.
An excerpt from Cutting’s memoir, Memory Slips.
The Japanese love American Pop culture, and John Williams and the Boston Pops are as American as baseball.
A collection of essays considers such wide-ranging topics as family, children, love, rape, ethnic identity, and the natural world and includes the works of Maya Angelou, Joan Didion, Amy Tan, Annie Dillard, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and other notable writers.