In a dying world, a mother carves out a brief moment to bathe her child and reflect on both her heartbreak and her salvation.
Cabbage by Mary Breaden One thousand steps to the boats they’d stashed away. The cove where they’d stored the boats was only accessible by steps the men had hammered and pounded into the face of the cliff. Whether the night be stormy or fair, one thousand steps down was what it would take before the rescue could begin. The cove had been named for the Coast Guard Captain’s daughter, a girl who was the curious type; the daughter had been […]
“Es tan corto el amor, y es tan largo el olvido.” Pablo Neruda “The Aztecs used to sacrifice people to the gods, cutting out their hearts. I wondered what happened when they cut someone open and found a broken heart, or no heart at all.”
“I’m a Modoc Native, so this story hits close to home for me. My ancestors got caught up in some serious shit. Apparently, rebelling against the government is in my DNA. Go figure?”
Categories: Fiction, River Rivers Monthly Column, Writing • Tags: An Indigenous American Retells History; The State of Muskogee by River Rivers, Creative Nonfiction, First Nations, History, Indigenous Americans, Klamath, Modoc, Native Americans, Pacific Northwest, Rachel Macklin, River Rivers, The Modoc Wars
“I turned 30 today. I am overeducated, underemployed and single, living day to day, hand to mouth, head in ass, with no long range plans, few prospects, and zero motivation. My mother worries about me. A good mother always will, particularly when her beloved child turns out to be a total fuck up.”
The Bloody Red Truth. Episode 1: The State of Muskogee, Audio Soundtrack by River Rivers and Colin Smith.
Categories: Fiction, Music, River Rivers Monthly Column, Writing • Tags: America, An Indigenous American Retells History; The State of Muskogee by River Rivers, authors, Colin Smith, Composers, Creative Nonfiction, First Nations, History, Indigenous Americans, Music, Music Producer, Music production, Muskogee, Native Americans, River Rivers, short story, writers
“Ah, the state of Florida! The land of sunshine, oranges, and Colombian cocaine. Before that it was a Spanish colony called the Land of Flowers (Florida).”
Categories: Fiction, River Rivers Monthly Column, Writing • Tags: America, authors, Creative Nonfiction, First Nations, History, Indigenous Americans, Muskogee, Native Americans, River Rivers, short story, writers
Can I Involve You? By Finn Janning I took the elevator up to the third floor. Normally, I would have taken the stairs in order to get a bit of exercise. But normal doesn’t exist anymore. Did it ever? I just turned thirty-seven and I am feeling slightly lazy after having written books for the last decade or so. Not that writing books is a cushy job. Quite the contrary. It’s freaking hard work. It’s just that I do it […]
Categories: Art, Photography, & Design, Fiction, Writing • Tags: amwriting, Art, artists, Barcelona, Castellano, Castilian, Catalan, children, Danish, Denmark, Finn Janning, Geordanna Cordero-Fields, Life, love, Love and relationships, Markus Spiske, marriage, PhD, Philosophy, short story, Spain, Spanish, Unsplash
“Soon he will tell her that he wants a divorce, tell her that he wants to have kids. Soon he will start a new life. Change. He knows that kids are the solution. They will remember him.”
Categories: Fiction, Writing • Tags: amwriting, Barcelona, Castellano, Castilian, Catalan, children, Danish, Denmark, Finn Janning, Gaudi, Life, love, Love and relationships, marriage, PhD, PhilD, Philosophy, short story, Spain, Spanish
Set in the summer of 1949, the first woman intern at a southern state hospital faces ethical and professional problems when one of her patients is threatened with lobotomy.
Categories: Fiction, Writing • Tags: amwriting, Antonio Egas Moniz, author, David Pratt, Fiction, health, History, medicine, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Nobel Prize, psychiatry, psychosurgery, short story, writer