Exploring the art of prose


Tag: Memory

Thieves by Beth Kephart

alt text: image is a color photograph of a weathered couch; title card for Beth Kephart's creative nonfiction piece "Thieves"

  Couch You could call the color of the upholstery rust, but it was rust chasing a pattern. Blanket Harshly fibered, it was never quite white. Arrangement She couldn’t arrange herself after what they’d done to her. Then It started…

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Kept by Jane Marcellus

alt text: image is a color photograph of white church doors; title card for Jane Marcellus's flash nonfiction piece "Kept"

  Moores lived next door. He worked construction; she stayed home. I don’t know how old he was, but I remember that on her birthday, she turned twenty-two. It seemed old. I was twelve. Moores had a baby, Sidney. Their…

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Gun Case by Charlie Geer

  Later, after my uncle’s suicide, the gun cabinet would be moved into the attic, but in the early eighties it still stood in the upstairs hall, just outside my bedroom door. An unassuming wooden display case with twin glass-paned…

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Author’s Note

After a long well-fought battle with cancer, my brother left this world far too young. He left three children and a load of powerful memories that I have no idea where to put. He was two years my senior and extremely competitive. Sports and fighting were our only method of communication. Win or lose was our emotional intelligence inheritance. We shared a great love for each other but few words, so I search for them continually in his memory.

As for form, I just try to keep it as short as possible and factual, which isn’t as easy, as my imagination is as strong as he was—infinitely horsepowered. I send theses caught moments into the world with hope that they will help others house their own memories.

I miss playing our games, Jon. Miss you, brother.


DM O’CONNOR has an MFA from University College Dublin and the University of New Mexico. He is a contributing reviewer for Rhino Poetry and fiction editor at Bending Genres. His work has appeared in Splonk, A New UlsterFractured Lit, Cormorant, Crannog, Opossum, The New Quarterly, The Irish Times, The Guardian, and others. He is the recipient of the 2021 Cúirt New Writing Prize, Tom-Gallon Trust Award, and is the current writer-in-residence at the Kerouac House.