M.K. Foster
September Requiem: In Which Sköll Swallows the Sun

M.K. Foster - September Requiem: In Which Sköll Swallows the Sun

Poetry
M.K. Foster’s poetry won the 2013 Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, has been recognized with an Academy of American Poets Prize,… Read more »
Sean Prentiss
All the Varieties of Hunger

Sean Prentiss - All the Varieties of Hunger

Fiction
Sean Prentiss is the author of the memoir, Finding Abbey: a Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave.… Read more »
Virginia Konchan
Christina’s Field

Virginia Konchan - Christina’s Field

Poetry
Virginia Konchan is the author of Vox Populi (Finishing Line Press) and the short story collection Anatomical Gift (forthcoming, Noctuary… Read more »
Douglas Smith and Jen Town
Composed in the Form of Falling

Douglas Smith and Jen Town - Composed in the Form of Falling

Poetry
Douglas Smith was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His first book is Judgments. His work can be read in… Read more »
Amy Collini
Definitions

Amy Collini - Definitions

Creative Nonfiction
Amy Collini’s essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Slice, Indiana Review, Soundings Review, Pithead Chapel, Rappahannock Review, Ilanot Review,… Read more »
Jill McDonough
Enchantment

Jill McDonough - Enchantment

Poetry
Jill McDonough’s books of poems include Habeas Corpus (Salt, 2008), and Where You Live (Salt, 2012). The recipient of three… Read more »
Karen Skolfield
End of Evolution

Karen Skolfield - End of Evolution

Poetry
Karen Skolfield’s book Frost in the Low Areas won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry and the First… Read more »
Matt Broaddus
Home

Matt Broaddus - Home

Poetry
Matt Broaddus is currently a first year PhD student in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.… Read more »
Tally Brennan
How We Live

Tally Brennan - How We Live

Fiction
Tally Brennan is a recovered computer programmer, happy to have emerged from the cubicle as a writer of fiction. Her… Read more »
Rachel Jamison Webster
Relating to Time

Rachel Jamison Webster - Relating to Time

Creative Nonfiction
Rachel Jamison Webster is a Professor of Poetry at Northwestern University and author of the full-length collections of poetry, September… Read more »
Lynn Gordon
Staying Up All Night

Lynn Gordon - Staying Up All Night

Fiction
Lynn Gordon’s fiction has appeared in Epiphany, The Southampton Review, Hobart, Zone 3, South Dakota Review, and elsewhere. She lives… Read more »
Sam Katz
The Prisoners

Sam Katz - The Prisoners

Fiction
Sam Katz was born in Korea and now lives in Philadelphia. His fiction has appeared in The Good Men Project,… Read more »
Caroline Bruckner
The Song of a Dog

Caroline Bruckner - The Song of a Dog

Fiction
Caroline Bruckner is a writer and screenwriter based in Vienna, Austria. Her short film The Confession won the Student Academy… Read more »
David Hornibrook
Theology

David Hornibrook - Theology

Poetry
David Hornibrook is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and the Michael R. Gutterman award from the University of Michigan.… Read more »
David Wagoner
Used Doors and Windows For Sale

David Wagoner - Used Doors and Windows For Sale

Poetry
David Wagoner has published 20 books of poems, most recently, After the Point of No Return (Copper Canyon Press, 2012).… Read more »

The Song of a Dog

Caroline Bruckner

It was because I had fallen out of the tree no one liked me. We were seven children on the farm. You’d think I’d find a friend between my sisters and brothers. It didn’t matter. I had Rascal. Rascal wasn’t allowed into the house, so I slept out in the barn with him. We lay there together, protected from the world, pressed close, body to body, for heat and comfort. I listened to the cows grunting and the soft turning of the mill by the river as the shadows came down and felt how lucky I was to have a best friend.

When I came into the kitchen, Mother was arranging the breakfast. “Trudi,” she scolded as she saw me in the door. “I don’t know what to do with you.” She shook her head and handed me a bun. She put extra sausage on it because she knew I would give it to Rascal. “You can’t live in the barn forever, girl,” she continued as she poured me a glass of warm milk.

“I don’t live in a barn, I live in a castle,” I answered, and she smiled then, turning away so I wouldn’t notice.

“Do we want… Read more »