Escaping Every Danger Except the Past

Escaping Every Danger Except the Past

by Derek Berry In her debut short story collection Orders of Protection, Jenn Hollmeyer cartographs an ecology of escape in the state of Illinois—from fraught divorces, from crumbling marriages, from disappointing careers, from the past. At times messy or acute, these...
The Look

The Look

It is Thanksgiving more than a yearafter your wedding, for which I had triedto write an epithalamion and failed.I walk the fields of your father-in-law’s farm,among leftover shreds of cottonmixed with busted stalks. The peanuts,which the bears ravaged, are sold,but...

Wanted!

I’d cross any river if a poem or a story were on the other side, and that’s one reason I lobbied to become an editor for Free State Review in 2011, and eventually the book acquisitions editor for its publisher, Galileo Press. Being an editor lets me walk...
Congrats, Susan Sonde!

Congrats, Susan Sonde!

Her poetry collection, “The Arsonist,” is available on The Main Street Rag. “Arsonists are descended from dragons, and Susan Sonde is a poet with wings and teeth. She flies through centuries, blending a scriptural cadence with post-Modern shrieks. If...
Remembering Andy Goodman

Remembering Andy Goodman

by Nancy Jainchill “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” —Martin Luther King, Jr. A STEAMY SUMMER DAY IN AUGUST 1964, ON MY WAY TO visit family for a cookout in the suburbs, I fell...