Stories No. 57 – Eileen Merriman

Stories No. 57 – TRIO OF SOPHIES by Eileen Merriman

The boy has been watching her for weeks. His eyes tattoo a pattern on the back of her neck in class. At lunchtime she feels his gaze sweep over her as she walks past with Sophie-P and Sophie-G. A trio of Sophies, Mr James says in PE. But it’s only her hips his hands linger on when he is helping her balance on the beam, only her breasts his fingers brush past when he is adjusting her tennis serve.

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Community No. 16

Thanks to Craig Fishbane, Paul Beckman, Thaddeus Rutkowski, Gary V. Powell, A. Joseph Black, David S. Atkinson, Gay Degani, Michael Díaz Feito, Gerard Sarnat, John Gorman, Ray Nessly for sharing their wonderful work. Congrats to all!

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Juan Alvarado Valdivia – Conversation No. 18

Juan Alvarado Valdivia – Conversation No. 18
“When you’re writing about your life, about something you said or did, you’re actively reliving those moments and the emotions you tie to them. Conjuring all those difficult memories, moments I regret, moments I am ashamed of was tough, but ultimately necessary. I had been carrying that shit around for a long time and writing helped me to shed much of that self-directed guilt and shame I felt and perpetuated.”

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