I’ve logged more experience than most with simplicity and the complexity you discover inside simplicity, minimalism and asocial behavior, endurance and landscape.
Here is the truth: I think some deep wisdom inside me (a) sensed the stress, (b) was terrified for me, and (c) gave me something new and hard to focus on in order to prevent me from lapsing into a despair coma — and also to keep me from having a jelly jar of wine in my hand.
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Joseph Bathanti is an artist-in-residence at McDowell Community College in Marion, North Carolina. He has written two books of poetry, Communion Partners and Anson County.
David Bonta lives and works in State College, Pennsylvania.
Michael Chitwood lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and works as a science writer. His poems have appeared in Antioch Review, Ohio Review, and Threepenny Review.
Hal J. Daniel III teaches at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. His fifth chapbook of poetry, Edinburgh Picnic, has just been published.
Eleanore Devine has worked as a free-lance reporter, written radio scripts, and authored a penny-a-word column for a hardware store newsletter. Her collection of short stories, You’re Standing In My Light, was published by Beacon Press this spring. She lives in Winnetka, lllinois.
Karen Essex is a displaced Southerner from New Orleans now living in southern California. She is currently at work on her first novel.
D. Patrick Miller has work appearing this summer in Yoga Journal, Free Spirit, and the Columbia Journalism Review. He lives in Encinitas, California.
William Penrod “always figured if I could make fifty bucks writing then I could be a real writer and go off to someplace like Palm Beach and live off my laurels and marry an heiress which probably sounds reasonable to all the world’s poor writers.” His work has appeared in Gallery, The North American Review, and Paris Review. He lives in Hammond, Indiana.
Jim Ralston is discovering for himself Thoreau’s observation that his afternoon’s writing is only as good as his morning’s walk. He lives in Petersburg, West Virginia.
Sy Safransky is editor of The Sun.
Edward Wahl was once “the world’s worst union organizer.” Later he went into sales, though he is now more or less retired. He writes, “I am probably one of the few people you will ever know who feels that there is scarcely a thing in my life I would have had differently.” He lives in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey.
Jill Fineberg is a photographer and massage therapist who lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Michael Galinsky is a student at New York University.
Leslie M. Israel