I was pleased to learn that my essay, "Worse than Abandonment," has been accepted for publication in Crab Orchard Review's “Family, Enemies, Friends: The Relationships Issue." Crab Orchard Review is Southern Illinois University-Carbondale's national journal of creative works. This issue will be available in late November.
Here's the first paragraph:
“There are worse things than abandonment,” a friend once told you. The moment you heard this, you knew that she had succinctly articulated something essential. Soon, this phrase became your mantra. You turned to it for peace and perspective whenever you were troubled by how little time, money, and attention your son’s father provided him. Sometimes, you’d repeat the mantra silently, sometimes under your breath, sometimes out loud, and sometimes you heard it being whispered to you in a voice that wasn’t yours. Sometimes, the syllables were so fast and clipped that they shot past as if they were greased. Other times, each syllable was drawn out, with sustained intervals between them, prolonging each iteration long enough for you to weed your entire garden. But you withheld judgment and took your mantra as it came to you, watched the syllables spin, slide, shift, throb, leap, or drift; settle, rouse, and settle again. Worse . . . than . . . a . . . ban . . . don . . . ment. . . .