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Savouring the Short Stories of Father Brother Keeper

Nathan Poole’s Father Brother Keeper is a collection of symbol-rich, superbly crafted short stories set in the harsh landscape of the southern United States—driven, significantly, by the imagery of place. His characters suffer, and their personal hardships—sickness, suicide, dementia, violence, poverty—affect their family relationships. Like the mounds, fields, and tributaries that surround them, Poole’s characters… Continue reading Savouring the Short Stories of Father Brother Keeper

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A Few Very Fine First Lines

These past few weeks I've mostly been reading short fiction. This is also the form I'm writing right now (and it will be my focus when I attend a writing retreat in Massachusetts this June.) Today I'd like to share a few beginnings from my recent readings. Rather than a first line or first paragraph… Continue reading A Few Very Fine First Lines