by Steve Heller
"Can you hear me, Mom?"
She stares straight back into my eyes, but I can tell her gaze has turned inward now. She might be dreaming once again, as her chest rises with the effort of another shallow breath.
As I wait for her head to nod or simply tilt forward beneath the blue bandana, enclosed in the merciful respite of sleep, words well up inside me...
by Carol Fletcher
I go home. I go to see my other kids, because they need me, but really, because I need them. I take them to dentist appointments and birthday parties. On a play date, a mom confides to me that her son won't stop hitting in nursery school. What should she do, she wonders. I'm stunned by the question. Why ask me? I can hardly keep my kid alive.
by Paul Casey
"When I figured out the gloved, masked woman's task, I remembered my advice to my teenage daughter...Sarah, who had the cat on her lap, suddenly thrust the animal off of her lap and screamed. I spotted the problem right away, a turd clinging to the fur on the cat's ass...I told her if that happened to me I would kill myself."
by Richard Goodman
We all got up to leave, and immediately someone was reaching for Burroughs' coat, while someone else went for his hat. After one person had helped him put on his coat and another had given him his hat, he turned to me and said with a wry smile, "Around here, I'm known as 'The Don'."
by Barry Blumenfeld
"...To be an ambitious writer--I am one--is to be involved in all sorts of troubles particular to the category, including the ones I've mentioned. I will not be advising you how to cope with them. I don't know how to cope with them. What I do is suffer them, like everybody else."
by Lance Olsen
"Perhaps an equally important question is how might we bring such amphibious notions out of the realm of abstraction and into the praxis of the creative-writing workshop, thereby inviting students to explore such possibility spaces themselves."
by Arthur Saltzman
Like the fellow who makes a living selling women's lingerie, an English
professor must make a conscious effort to ensure that the pleasures that
inspired him to choose his career do not decline into mere duties. Woe to
the teacher who discovers that the novels and poems that once aroused his
passions now wait for him like so much laundry to be folded. For the
chief feature of recreation is that it is not required -- a mandatory
vacation from work is a lay-off by that or any other name.
by Thomas E. Kennedy
The author of, among others, The Literary Traveler (with Walter Cummins), Thomas E. Kennedy sets out to answer the question "What is PIF?".
by Eric Spitznagel
"Listen, just write the script, get some quick cash, and that’ll be the end of it. Who knows, it may be fun."
I had to admit, she was on to something.
by Richard Weems
I hung in the folds,
too new to the area to chance grazing the fields alone. This was home of the Grand Poobah of
the nation’s largest chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. This was gator country.