Reverse-Gentrification of the Literary World

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April 2020 News & Features

“Finally Sleep” by Gissel Reynoso

“Ready to go?” the store manager asks me. I respond almost too excitedly: “Most definitely, I am exhausted.” To say I am exhausted is an understatement. I don’t remember the last time I got a full night’s sleep.

“Toddler Distance” by Carolyn Lochhead

Time is relative, so Einstein told us. I am sure he was right—I’m not really qualified to contradict one of the world’s greatest scientists—but motherhood has taught me that distance is relative, too.

“A Steep Grade” by Reed Kuehn

His legs ached as he cleared each oversized stair, the taste of acid burning the back of his throat.  Slowly he climbed the face of the foothill known locally as The Incline.


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