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Product 26
Poetry and Prose from the Center for Writers
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Fiction

* WINNER, FICTION
Even Caves Grow by JENNIFER BREWINGTON
The way I learned to love is impossible, backwards in a circle, and upside down. Chase what’s leaving you and run from what’s chasing you, something my mother said. The things our parents told us. What were they thinking?

Polyester Silk by FAE DREMOCK
It's ten in the morning and Carl is still packing. My own bag, packed last night while Carl was on the phone with his ex-wife, Ria, is sitting next to the door. "Did you sleep with him?" he asks.
I can barely hear him, the hair dryer in my hand is so loud, but we have been having this conversation for three days—since I returned from Chicago. "Of course we'll meet with them," I say, turning off the dryer, smiling.


The English Nurse by EDDIE MALONE
I told an English nurse I loved her because it was the romantic thing to do, and at the age of twenty-three I was a romantic kind of guy. If you find yourself in London and don’t know where you’re going in life, you have no choice. You have to fall in love.

Propriety by CLAUDIA SMITH
Izzy told her students to call her “Izzy” on the first day of class. If you are feeling particularly chummy, you can even call me “Izz” she said. At her last school, the earnest students could only bring themselves to call her “Miss Izzy” but these kids have been raised differently, their progressive parents started them out in Montessori or Waldorf, and many of them have been calling authority figures by their first names all their lives.


Non-Fiction

Density and Space by LAUREN OETINGER
This is the part where I tell you that I hate my breasts.


Poetry

* WINNER, POETRY
by MARCUS C. BROWN
Where I’m From

by ANNETTE BOEHM
on waking up alone
one room, winter


by CHRISTOPHER BRUNT
Passim

by
BRITTANY PASSONS
Gate to the Past

by
JOLENE CREIGHTON
Mother’s Day Poem

by RANDY GONZALES
Three Disassembled Sonnets

by EVAN HARRISON
Phrasebook

by HEATHER HOLMES
Be My Dog

by DUSTIN KEYS
Parallax

by COREY LATTA
Before Bed
Driving Boyhood
A Vision Wanderer
On Your Birth


by TANJA NATHANAEL
On the Road to Dachau

by S.T. POWELL
Little Sleeper
Tests
The Doctor's Wife


by ANDREA SPOFFORD
(Placer County, CA)
(Tadarida brasiliensis)
(Eschscholzia californica)
(Larrea Tridentata) * Poetry Winner
Daisy and Violet Hilton--San Antonia's Grown Together Girls!
Big Baby Bunny--An Aside
Concerning Daisy and Violet Hilton


by LESLIE SINGLETON
After Your Death, I Remember You As You Really Were
At the Burial
One: Number Thirty-One, After Pollock
That the Air Spun Soft and Hurrican Warm * Poetry Honorable Mention
Yellow Light
Under the Rose
For T: Casey County, 1999


by CLAUDIA SMITH
Diagramming * Poetry Honorable Mention

by JEFFREY TUCKER
Heat, Twice
The Stop-Sign


by MARJORIE TURNER
Ey Whitey
The Love Song Revisited