2021 Anthology Introduction

“Literature offers us feelings for which we do not have to pay. It allows us to love, condemn, condone, hope, dread, and hate without any of the risks those feelings ordinarily involve.” So writes Janet Burroway in her classic textbook—and though we don’t have to pay in

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The Movie World by Daniel Donaghy

There you are on the set, real dad of the girl whose movie dad, the script says, is newly widowed and in town only for Christmas until he runs into his high school flame. He’s taller than you, younger,   Instagram famous, hair so perfect even the

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Matryoshka Doll by Lorraine Riess

Is it mother to mother to mother or daughter to daughter to daughter? Each quaint peasant brightly painted and bulbous, expectant for generations down to the smallest nugget offered up by the sacrifice of those hollowed out halves. No belly to pry open with predictable delight, she

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Rituals by Victoria Nordlund

I wake up at 5:05 a.m. to pick my poodle’s eyes open. Lift her off the couch to pee outside. It is twelve degrees and she eats the snow. It must feel good in her old throat. I stand without socks at the sliding door guiding her

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Little Women by Cathy Fiorello

I always prayed I’d dream of Little Women, the book that bore me through childhood. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy— I’d be the fifth sister, the desperate one who flirted and drank champagne. Just once, they did come to me in a dream: but they traipsed about

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