Sarah Cedeño
Aftermath

Sarah Cedeño - Aftermath

Creative Nonfiction
Sarah Cedeño’s work has appeared in New World Writing, The Rumpus, Hippocampus Magazine, Bellevue Literary Review, Redactions, Literary Mama, and… Read more »
Caitlin Garvey
Doll Hospital

Caitlin Garvey - Doll Hospital

Creative Nonfiction
Caitlin Garvey is a student of creative nonfiction in Northwestern University’s MFA program. She has an MA in English Literature… Read more »

Aftermath

Sarah Cedeño

597 South Oakland Ave, Sharon, PA, is full of antique dressers and tables and clocks, family photos, artwork that Grandma and Aunt Andrea (we call her Andy) painted. They painted owls, a replica of Picasso’s “Seated Nude,” portraits of family, paintings of dead deer, paintings of landscapes I’ve never seen in real life. And then there are my great-grandfather’s medical books, diaries, newspapers, beaded rosaries and wooden rosaries and jeweled rosaries and plastic rosaries. And then, cardboard boxes, my aunt’s clothes heaped on the kitchen counters and the bathroom floor and in the shower, and more cardboard boxes, then taxes from 1948 through 1976, and from two or three years ago bound in paper or in vinyl, baggies full of pennies clumped together by age and something sticky.

Something sticky everywhere—in my nose, on my latex gloves, crowding any thought I might have: like, what did I just step on? Or, hey—is that Polish pottery? Or, someone please tell me, how is life worth living? Cobwebs so thick they look like strips of finger-knitting canopied over the mess. And Czechoslovakian cookbooks and sour cream containers, a yogurt from a few years ago with its sour spoon. Sour everything. Old… Read more »