Why Not Leave

Andy has been standing at the back door for three years now, his hand resting on the cheap wood handle. “What’s for dinner, Ma?”  he shouts.  He can hear her whistling.  He grimaces.  He wants to tell her he hates [...]

Photo of my Mother as a Girl

I never recognized her except in fragments – the thin line of black that made her smile (the thin black line between her two front teeth), the caught look of her stance kneeling but rising in the grass beneath a [...]


They want for nothing—the blue heron the snowy egret— salt of their lives here in the marsh at sunset This is how it is if you follow the Coopers Hawk in cold winter air, sun crowning head feathers as it [...]

The Deer Unspoken

She appears, ghost of the corn, in the dim evening, almost an absence, brown velvet neck muscling the soil. I raise the rifle, place crosshairs on her spine.  She is pulsing there in fine electric signals.  My heart quickens and [...]

Kendal Turner


Ghosts Someone fought for this, do you remember? Daddy tucking you in and night, swirling your dreams with a touch on the forehead, as mother rocked your fever into submission. The kiss behind the swing set in elementary school that [...]