Posts Tagged “Creative Nonfiction”

LITERARY ORPHANS ISSUE 29: Letter From the Editor

Dear Orphans & Orphanettes, As you may have noticed, Literary Orphans has two “orphans” this month. We originally thought about dedicating an issue to Bonnie Elizabeth Parker, but the more we talked about it, the more we realized that you can’t mention one of these orphans without bringing up the other. Apart, each of these orphans makes for an interesting […]

The Phantom by Rachel Toliver

I trace out his mask in math class, lingering over its asymmetry. I add an engorged and lurid-looking rose. I write the word Phantom, in my best Broadway script. At home, in my room, alone, I stroke the playbill’s satin cover. It’s not a crush—not exactly. It’s not like I write I heart Phantom on […]

Sparrow’s Last Flight by Ronlyn Domingue

They reveal themselves to me, the sick and injured and nearly dead. Their little bodies punctured, broken, stunned. Sometimes, they bear no wounds or signs, but their surrender to my hands is confirmation that all is not well. The impulse to leave them alone isn’t nearly as strong as the wrench of compassion. What some […]

Fragile by Karen Stefano

The text comes on Saturday, the first of the month, the day before my ex-husband’s birthday. Hey. Hope you’re well. Am at storage unit. Do you want the box of Xmas ornaments? A year ago, shortly after I had moved out, my ex had been at that storage unit often. He had texted, left voicemails. […]

The Trials of the Father by Robert Detman

(ONE) The miracles regarding his daughter, as he considers them, do not seem miraculous to everyone, and this is puzzling. Such as, her obvious jealousy of other children, in a look of betrayal hinting at unlearned contempt; that she runs to him unbidden, joyfully, the only being he will ever care for as he does; […]

Birthing Twins by Joanna Kadish

Having a C-section unmoored me, sent me reeling. Weakened by the physical necessities of birth, the raw, barbaric blood and ooze, the hurt where the staples nailed my stomach together, I found it physically difficult to care for my newborn twins, although I did what I had to do. I shudder at the memory of […]

So…How Does it All End? And What Should I Bring? By Ray Nessly

I’ve been thinking about endings lately, about how stories, songs and films are brought to satisfying ends by their creators. In particular, I’ve been thinking about the Great Big Ending. I can’t speak for others, but as for the end of life, skirting the issue as if corralling a dangerous critter is the only way […]

Never Enough Air by Sarah Sandman

My father has been trying to die for more than six weeks. The active stage of dying for him means air hunger and mental distortion. It means trying to control the minute details of his tray table, and succumbing to a morphine-induced sleep. It means not enough air–never enough air. My mother said the nurse […]

Wealth and Charity in the Trump Tower by Erika Price

Katie used to spin the ring on her middle finger using her thumb. The ring was a thin band set inside another thicker one, sitting on a groove, so it could rotate and whirr at her prompting. It made a terrible clicking sound. She wore lots of rings, wood and steel and bead, on every […]