Some say the presidential election, on top of the latest storm of the century, highlight the gaping divisions in our American thought and discourse -- the deep gulfs that exist between us. Well, many of our Still Waters pieces this month bring to mind division of some sort: Dane Kim’s vivid memoir piece about class and assumption, Nick Gates’ short fiction from two points of view, and poetry that explores those contradictions and chasms in our own lives and souls. Michael Sciascia’s short story explores the sudden creation of a hole in his narrator’s life. To paraphrase Whitman, we contain multitudes and contradictions; good writing has a way of bringing those multitudes together. Enjoy.
“The fake industrial lighting above him hurts his eyes. Squinting, he avoids the light, but it still hurts. A sudden, blaring, static-muffled voice shoots through the entire store. The voice describes her, explains what has happened, says her name, and it feels like it is the first time he has ever heard it out loud." From Screwed, by Michael Sciascia
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