In honor of our travels to AWP, for March’s Spotlight Yemassee Online has curated a collection of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry exploring movement, one that we think evokes the freedoms, choices, and dangers of journeys — both figurative and literal. Whether pushed forward or anchored in place, we hope they remind their readers of chance,
of the constancy of change, of anticipation for what waits just around the bend on a road that never stops unraveling.
Poetry: “My Mother Tries to Teach Me about Cars” by Hannah Dow
If a man offers to help you
carry something heavy to your car
flex your biceps and say no thanks.
Poetry: “fall out” by Lauren Frausto
like the mushroom cloud
that follows mankinds’ greatest foible
all the rouge neutrons
the atomic sun abomination
Poetry: “My Two Cents” by David Rock
Here is a grain of salt, a pocket full of posies, ashes,
crumbs for retracing our steps (if only we could), or better:
Poetry: “Hard Waitress” by Scott Hutchison
Haze Madison works the unpainted cinderblock bar out on the lost
western edge of town. Broken-windowed shells of two gas stations,
a small-time propane distributor and a chain-link fence company
all relinquish room for parking. Potholed gravel lots; the damned thirsty
Fiction: “Corner of Main and Paradise” by Dawn Abeita
The man stands on the same street corner near the wire garbage can every day. He never sits or squats or leans. He is a pole, planted on the corner like a reminder of something.
Non-Fiction: “The Road” by Carolyn Schultz-Rathbun
The road is straight for miles: not that you can see that with the gentle roll of the land but you’ve driven and walked and run it for thirty years and you have it in your heart dull and gray on a moonless night