This month's theme is "Reflections," and each of our authors has responded to this prompt with stories that give readers something to think about: life and death, the source of creativity, philosophy, physics, and living together. We hope you enjoy them all.
Jackie Davis Martin
That week Johnnie Cochran died, then Terri Schiavo, and even Pope John Paul II, but not Bob. We flew to Maine because his cancer was pushing him rapidly toward death, a word we kept in abeyance where, ignored, it hovered and drifted like the snow. We watched him sleep in his leather La-Z-Boy, the stoves banked up above 80 degrees, the daytime TV hosts loudly exuding personalities to the empty room. Bob sagged into himself, thin legs draped in corduroy trousers that pleated at his skinny waist, his shoulder bones like clothespins beneath a moose-printed flannel shirt. As I mounted the stairs into the main living area I’d see his La-Z-Boy but did not know whether Bob was sitting in it until I was fully in the room and could look head on. . . .
Flash, Flashquake, Fastforward, JAAM, 34th Parallel, and Sleet. Her most recent work is in Bluestem, Enhance, Counterexample Poetics, Fractured West, and Dogzplot, as well as in a story collection just released called Modern Shorts. Her novella Extracurricular was a finalist in the Press 53 Awards of 2011. A memoir, Surviving Susan, was published in 2012. Jackie teaches at City College of San Francisco.
Howard came to live in my chair. It wasn't like I had anywhere else to put him either. My brother Sonny lived on the floor in the living room. He ate on the floor. He slept on the floor. He read on the floor. Now I’m wondering what kind of chair lept into your mind just now? Did you think of an old overstuffed chintz-covered chair that enveloped the body like a ball in a catcher’s mitt? That’s the one. . . .
first lifetime as an academic and has just begun her foray into the world of creative writing. With her husband, Stan, she has lived in the USA, England, Spain and Mexico. They are anticipating their next adventure.