Nonfiction

"Organs," photo of installation, Dublin Cat's Head

Nonfiction: Issue #5

The Origins of Minor Injuries

by Dinh Prince
 
 

Dozens of nights play out in this way: Benjamin twisting out of our arms again and again, arching his back, rolling his eyes, his muscles hardening as he struggles away from our grasp. A baby can be enormously strong, its power centered in the stomach under misleading layers of fat…Read more

Regardless of What You Face by Dr. Ernest Williamson III

Nonfiction: Issue #4

An Unexpected Light

by Shuly Cawood
 
 

Sometimes I wish we could start over—not so we could change it, but to do it all again. I would rewind the clock eight years to that Saturday night contra dance, after I had escaped the crowds to cry in the back hallway of the Carrboro Century Center. Tsafi hardly knew me, but she followed me anyway…Read more

Nonfiction: Issue #3

A Month in a Far Country

by Timothy Kenny
 
 

It takes about 10 days of teaching before I realize the chaos of Baku’s streets has decamped to my classroom. Our accents have begun to make sense to each other: the pronunciations less confusing, the awkward syntax mentally transposed. But asking a question…Read more

Nonfiction: Issue #2

The Swim Lesson

by R.A. Lev
 
 

It’s freezing. He’s freezing. My son’s lips are purple-blue. I wonder if this is still a good idea, if this was ever a good idea. There are other places we could have gone. Pools where the water temperature is kept at a balmy 86 degrees, where the floor is lowered slowly so he wouldn’t notice the gradual lift as his lungs fill with air…Read more

"Rust on orange," Fabio Sassi

Nonfiction: Issue #1

Here in the Museum of Things Gone Terribly Wrong

by Craig Reinbold
 

Setting: an outdoor bus terminal and the place is bustling. S—, a native of Mexico City, has been wearing the same reeking T-shirt for most of a week, and he strips it off now, reaching into a bag on the floor next to him for a clean pink polo, which he slips over his head. He loops a belt around his waist…Read more