I asked you to send YOUR favorite story you had published in 2020. Over 200 responses flooded in, amongst them essays, poems, prose, news articles–on wildfires, #BLM, Trump, COVID-19, sexuality and growing up, about pain, dental bills, minotaurs, barking dogs, psychotropic drugs, children murdering their family. There were unexpected ones, too, with humor. I didn’t expect that. What astounded me most was how good they are. 2020 was apparently a time where either through having TIME and perhaps less shame attached to taking all that time to give a piece the attention required to create something to be proud of, or through psychotic endurance of will, you created stuff to stand back from, to give room, to be in awe of, and scratch your head at. The stories that follow are ones that jumped at me. I hope they’ll lead you to down a rabbithole, where you too will spend 2 weeks having your hair knocked back, sensing a euphoria; being proud of, and amongst, a lot of angels.
“Easter Sunday” by Anney Bolgiano (@Sadjunct_Prof) in Nashville Review.
“On Things Now Burning or Soon to Ignite,” by M.K. Sturdevant (@mksturdevant) in Nashville Review.
“Irradiate,” by Jeannine Hall Gailey (@webbish6) in Ploughshares.
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