I read just one novel, the Great American one. I don’t recall what it said. I didn’t read it for its words. I read it for its intentions, its wonders, its accidents and daydreams. I read it slow and neat and kind, and when it was over, I wrote voraciously.
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Calm and quiet, he listened. Made me believe I had something important to say, even as a child.
His hand warm on mine, he gave me a book. “Read this. Tell me what you think.”
I have yet to read it, and now it’s too late. My father is dead.
Madelaine Wong teaches creative writing at The Alexandra Writers Centre in Calgary, Alberta. She won Freefall Magazine’s Chapbook contest in 2010. She has stories published in Dark Gothic Resurrected, Mused, Toska Magazine and in Shy, an Anthology. She is also the co-author of Cradling the Past, a Biography of Margaret Shaw.
See more at madelainewong.com.
Crack the spin,
Turn the page,
Make the words dance rhythmic rhymes around you.
Escape to a world so bizarre,
Let your imagination start to wonder.
Turn the last page,
Shut the book,
Cease to live,
Let it pull you in,
For you can only escape so long.
Anoushe is from Chicago, IL. She likes to write in her spare time and aspires to be in the FBI. Anoushe is a first year student at Drake University, studying Law/Politics, Psychology, and Arabic. Her hobbies include watching Criminal Minds, playing with her cats, and attending comic conventions and concerts.