Ways of Seeing

Ways of Seeing By Melanie Bryant   |  May 29, 2023
At eighty, my mother is a string of adjectives: slight, slow-moving, stooped. “It comes with the territory,” she says and points to her neck. “I just don’t have the strength to hold my head up anymore.”

The Mansion Game

The Mansion Game By Caitlin Horrocks   |  May 22, 2023
The boundary sign between city and suburb says, “East Grand Rapids: A Better Place to Live,” and maybe it is. As we drive, the houses swell until they are mansions with sweeping green lawns. Of course my four-year-old notices.


Wind By Emily Brisse   |  May 15, 2023
All along the creek trail, the grasses were taller and thicker than we’d ever seen them, the tops brushing our foreheads, even my husband’s, the bottoms obscuring the path, even for the children, their small bodies still so close to the earth...

Trout Lilies

Trout Lilies By Ginny MacDonald   |  May 8, 2023
I want to tell Allie that the trout lilies are up. That wood frogs are chuckling where the marsh marigolds shove their leaves through the mud.

Grief and Its Guesswork

Grief and Its Guesswork By Reneé E. D’Aoust   |  May 5, 2023
Anne Pinkerton’s Were You Close? explores the complexities of grief after the death of her adult sibling, her older brother, David.
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For My Students

For My Students By Robert Barham   |  May 1, 2023
From Alabama, Tennessee, and Michigan, China, Austria, and Indonesia, they see the world’s grandeur and glory, menace and ruin. They are Nabokovs, Morrisons, O’Connors, Didions.

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