This poem was selected as a finalist for the 2021 MAYDAY Poetry Prize. My favorite part is when Danny swings his body down the fire escape, tippy-toes onto the porch railing, throws a leg over the old ten-speed with the handlebars like ram horns, and pedals off to the country club. Eighteen and invincible. Danny […]
CHRISTINA OLSON is the author of Terminal Human Velocity (Stillhouse Press, 2017). Her chapbook The Last Mastodon won the Rattle 2019 Chapbook Contest. Other work appears in The Atlantic, The Normal School, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Best Creative Nonfiction. She is an associate professor at Georgia Southern University and tweets about coneys and mastodons as @olsonquest.
Once, I carried all my thoughts in my head. Now they live on a flash drive or in a cloud. I am a turtle, I contain terabytes. Do not confuse me with the armadillo, which still requires human touch. Scientists say that our culture has become one of information on demand. This means our brains […]
In the photo on Facebook, Janine’s dead mom is wearing a t-shirt that says jeans! jeans! jeans! Her mom has been dead for eleven years, two years longer than I have known Janine. We tend to horrify polite company with our banter, her saying my dead mom and me saying, Oh, is your mom […]