–Art by Milan Vopálenský & Esmahan Özkan
Literary Orphans -- "The Ground Above My Feet"
For at least a few years now, I've been thinking about fathers, not necessarily my own father but maybe myself as father or non-father. This story is another brick in this enormous wall. I'm not really sure what I'm building yet, but I know I need to write about it.
|"Fossilized" by W. Jack Savage|
Here is another character who needs a father. I can't get away from it. This character has everything--the sticky love of a grandmother, education and a comfortable home--everything except a father.
Please have a read. If you have time to share your love with someone today, I hope you'll share it with a literary journal. These people put in hours and hours to provide literature free to anyone online just as we do at SmokeLong Quarterly.
I can't imagine a better world than a more literate world. I support Dolly Parton's Imagination Library--a project to provide age-appropriate books to children around the world. Literacy matters, and it has to start early. I'll be donating as always this Christmas, and I hope you will too.
I must be off,
Christopher Allen is the 2015 recipient of the Ginosko Literary Journal's award for flash fiction. His work appears in Indiana Review, Night Train, Camroc Press Review, Contrary and over 100 other journals. Read his book reviews in [PANK), The Lit Pub, Necessary Fiction and more. A former finalist at Glimmer Train, Allen is also a multiple nominee for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. Originally from Tennessee, Allen now splits his time between Munich and Dublin.