By Ron Padgett
MARCH 2021 | Poetry
Ron Padgett’s most recent book is Non praticare il cannibalismo (Do Not Practice Cannibalism), a selected poems in Italian translation, from Del Vecchio Editore.
By Meryl Branch-McTiernan
APRIL 2021 | Fiction
An Ecstasy of Parting, by Meryl Branch-McTiernan draws its title from an Emily Dickinson poem, and like the poem tackles a dark subject at its heart. When we meet the main character, hes waking up to the aftermath of an alcohol-fueled argument with his wife. We watch as he tries to redeem himself and regain control of the life hes made for himself through a nostalgia-driven trip to the beach with his young daughter. Branch-McTiernan smoothly alternates the tone of the story between moments of existential dread, tenderness, and humor.