Issue 5

“I will tie the glass and stone with string, hang the shards above my bed, so that they will flash in the dark and tell the story of Katrina, the mother that swept into the Gulf and slaughtered. Her chariot was a storm so great and black the Greeks would say it was harnessed to dragons.”

SALVAGE THE BONES, Jesmyn Ward

Mother Nature’s Southern Savages

Mother Nature’s Southern Savages

The Seduction and Destruction of Hurricanes “Don’t be afraid. It’s all gonna be alright.” My mother’s voice shook despite her best efforts to comfort me as gale-force winds rocked our house’s foundations. Oaks and pines—some over one hundred years old—crashed to the...
Undertow

Undertow

Jesse and Ricky Few camped in front of the TV watching, “Let’s Make a Deal.” “I bet Monty is doing Carol,” Ricky said, reclining on the couch. “Shhhh,” Jesse said, unable to conceive the idea of “doing Carol” and anxious to see if Monty Hall, the folksy game-show...
Princess by Choice

Princess by Choice

I chose to submit a photograph of my daughter for this publication because I think that it speaks volumes about how early young girls are molded by society. As a mother, I have tried to avoid pressing princesses and makeup on my daughter in hopes that she won’t be...