I think of the children who will never know, intuitively, that a flower is a plant’s way of making love, or what silence sounds like, or that trees breathe out what we breathe in.
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Kristopher Jansma is the author of the novels Why We Came to the City and The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards. He directs the creative-writing program at the State University of New York at New Paltz.
I hand my wife the bag, and she finds the two packs of wet wipes. It is the happiest I’ve made her in weeks.
Helplessness makes monsters of people. He’s seen chairs thrown, exam tables kicked. The rooms pathologists speak to patients in now have everything bolted down.