Deer sprawled across the junctions of a state the shape of a broken heart. Point where the Blue Ridges poke and the birds are urgent, no stars, no moon over this roadway, nothing much kicking through. At rest stops we are small incidents.
When we left her this morning she was squeaking around her pulpy brown garden, picking at a berry bush, wearing too little. There may have been blankets of snow the moment we drove away.
In the rearview mirror, the road keeps expanding and we quietly acknowledge that by now we've been replaced by the teabags we left soaking through paper towels on the coffee table. By now we are not part of the true order of things.
Heather will be performing her work at WORMS on January 19.
A new year. A new WORMS. Watch Andy Devine, Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez, Lola Pierson, and Heather Rounds put the past behind them on January 19 at the Bell Foundry.
ANDY DEVINE ’s WORDS (Publishing Genius, 2010) has been called “amazing,” “genius,” and “a joy to experience.” And one critic noted that, “Devine has dismantled the English language.” Devine’s alphabetical fictions and essays have appeared in a variety of literary magazines, including New York Tyrant, Unsaid, elimae, Everyday Genius, and Taint. In 2002, Devine was awarded the Riddley Walker Prize (for a work that ignores conventional rules of grammar and punctuation). In 2007, he published his first chapbook, “As Day Same That the the Was Year” (Publishing Genius). In 2009, Devine was awarded The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Award (for fiction in the face of adversity). Andy Devine Avenue — in Flagstaff, Arizona — is named after him.
LESSER GONZALEZ ALVAREZ
LOLA PIERSON is a MFA candidate at Towson University. She is a founding member of The Un Saddest Factory, a Baltimore based DIY theatre company, and lives at the Bell Foundry. She won third place in the Baltimore Citypaper's fiction contest this year and is the author of many hit plays.
HEATHER ROUNDS lives, writes, collaborates, etc. in Baltimore.