Nonfiction 7.1

The Third Step by Brooke Champagne

The Third Step by Brooke Champagne

Nonfiction, Vol. 7.1, March 2013  “The first step in identifying a rock is to decide, by examining its texture and structure, which class it belongs in. The second step is to make an exact identification, by identifying the minerals that make up that rock.” —from […]

Geography of a Resting Place by Sue Granzella

Geography of a Resting Place by Sue Granzella

Nonfiction, Vol. 7.1, March 2013 I was a fourth-grade teacher, it was recess time, and I was knee-deep in a dumpster. I couldn’t recall every topic covered in my year of teacher-credentialing studies, but I was pretty sure that “garbage duty” had not been on […]

Nobody’s Driving by Jessica Erica Hahn

Nobody’s Driving by Jessica Erica Hahn

Nonfiction, Vol. 7.1, March 2013 I I am a patient boy I wait, I wait, I wait, I wait My time is water down a drain —Fugazi, “Waiting Room” A mile-long string of freight cars roosted on the line when the air brakes started popping. […]

Near-Drowning by Rori Leigh Hoatlin

Near-Drowning by Rori Leigh Hoatlin

Nonfiction, Vol. 7.1, March 2013 There is a July I almost drown in Lake Michigan. Because I don’t drown, it is important to start at the end. In the end, exhausted, my 12-year-old body makes it back to the shore. This is the moment where […]

Survey: Headphones by Abbey Howe

Survey: Headphones by Abbey Howe

Nonfiction, Vol. 7.1, March 2013 Q1: How do you physically relate to headphones? The girl who braided my hair without asking: I sleep with mine. The girl with a right-angled nose: Regular headphones mess up my hair. His curly hair is capped: They wrap around […]

Our Undulation by Nick Sawatsky

Our Undulation by Nick Sawatsky

Nonfiction, Vol. 7.1, March 2013 “It is pink, with speckles. I have looked at it so long I think it is a part of my heart. But it flickers. Faces and darkness separate us over and over. Now I am a lake.” —Sylvia Plath, “Mirror” […]

Swifty’s Effigy by Tree Turtle

Swifty’s Effigy by Tree Turtle

Nonfiction, Vol. 7.1, March 2013 The child in the photograph stoops in mid-bow, arms hidden like a dodo in a fancy overcoat, woolen hat atop its head, pigeon-toed in ankle-high tap shoes: this is the image that I share when I try to reply to […]

LuLu’s Southern Beach House School for Wily Deceivers by Anne Hodges White

LuLu’s Southern Beach House School for Wily Deceivers by Anne Hodges White

Nonfiction, Vol. 7.1, March 2013 She was taken with a massive coronary on my seventh birthday. “I can’t breathe,” she’d said. It killed her, and more’s the pity. If I’d been older, I would’ve asked her why she ignored the rules that bound most folks […]