June 09, 2022
It Could Also Whisper
A Guide to Bird Songs, Aretas A. Saunders: 1935
Dear Reader―There are dimples on the flyleaf where you signedso hard you nearly tore it & a tiny ochre beetlesealed evermore beside a Towhee’s tank yo tee hee tee.In that Braille I thought Disaffection. In the spine’sgrit Blackstorm Dust―
You ask, Aretas,if the watcher’s right in counting on the list a bird they’ve heardbut ...
June 02, 2022
Pleiades congratulates Vickie Fang, winner of the 2022 Kinder/Crump Award for Short Fiction, judged by Trudy Lewis. She will receive an award of $1,000 and her winning story, “Eleven Things I Have Left Now That My Daughter is Gone,” will be published in a forthcoming issue of Pleiades.
Of the winning story, Trudy Lewis writes:
“Eleven Things I Have Left Now That My Daughter is Gone” works, like the best of ...
February 15, 2022
The Hawk Moth Story
I called ahead. “Caleb? I’m in the neighborhood. If you haven’t had lunch, I can drop off a calzone from Fastino’s.”
The offer of food was an excuse to check on him, something my son well knew, but he tolerated the ruse. After a brief silence, he said, “Sure, Ma. ...
February 08, 2022
I’m riding with my father in his truck when he recounts a story—
One night, cuándo estabas pequeñito, you asked me where your mother was.
You couldn’t find her anywhere in the house.
I couldn’t have told you then, of course—
You wouldn’t have understood, but your mother was crossing back from México after visiting family for a few days.
Technically, she wasn’t allowed to leave ...