The light kept flickering.
I took her hand. Sweet Abbey.
Always stronger, always wiser.
Thanks to Christy Crutchfield for the wonderful words.
“And we come to realize that these Ke$hi stand in for many women in the speaker’s life, that what begins as a fun exercise becomes a story of development, support, and survival, a story more about the speaker than the pop star.”
My neighbors house burned down.
There was a mom and her two kids.
Before the mom and her two kids it was a fight house.
A man would pull his car onto the lawn and proceed to beat the door down with a bat.
The door would be in the trash pile for the city the next day.
Two people hitting each other would turn into ten. Everything was finished in the street.
Water was siphoned.
Power was stolen when possible and not caught.
Those people have been gone for over a year.
A mom and two kids have been gone a week now.
As the churning black smoke rose from the front door the mom rushed outside to stand beside firefighters.
She watched the men gather supplies and run into the house. She tugged at her pajamas, never taking her eyes off the doorway that became darkness.
She looked too sad to cry.
The firefighters left. She left. Her kids weren’t home that day.
Maybe they were somewhere watching Disney films, seeing a before and after tale relatable to all, but only applicable for a specific tax bracket.
The house is collecting leaves and it’s too quiet now.
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday is The Letters Festival. Roxane Gay, Mary Miller, Scott McClanahan, Matthew Salesses will be reading. It’s at Mother. It’s at The Goat Farm. I’m reading on Thursday at Mother. Come. Be a part of a sexually attractive crowd.
All Glitter, Everything by Laura Relyea is out now. I’m so proud of this release for Safety Third. It’s over-the-top. It demands to be heard. It flexes vulnerability and strength. You can buy it here. Limited pressing of 130 hand pressed copies.
Scene Missing…..Laura Relyea chapbook release….don’t miss either reading. If you’re not in ATL you have a pass, but judgement will still be in play.
The Letters Festival. Support this, like Scott said. It would be ever so kind of you. Readings from Scott McClanahan, Blake Butler, Roxane Gay, and Mary Miller. I’ll also be reading. http://thelettersfestival.org/