Issue 07: Addiction


Addiction has many stories and many threads. For some of our contributors, addiction led them to profound places where the circular becomes a vehicle for movement and growth. Other contributors’ stories enlarge the circle of addition, revealing its significance to all of us: how we are all broken, all touched by cycles of gluttony, obsession, consumption, and control. These cycles exist in the most surprising of places: on opening night, in Cinderella’s glass slipper, in hollandaise sauce.

Their stories demand that we see how we are all unmade by our addictions. Just as importantly, they suggest that it is the act of rendering our messy, messy circles that spurs us toward awareness of a God who restores and remakes upon every return.

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From Lenard Beesman, who Left the Classroom Behind, Christopher J. Gaumer
Shower On, Christine Jeske

The Fourteen Steps, Linda McCullough Moore
He Does Not Know This, Grace Olson
With Hollandaise, Stacy Barton

Flamingo Fury, Deanne Moulten
In the Garden, Deanne Moulten
Blue and more, Deanne Moulten
Something She Finished, Josh J. Peters
Red Door, Josh J. Peters

Growing on my Own Bones, Robert Morris Kennedy
Refrigerator Borealis, Colleen S. Harris
Making Merit, Elizabeth Carlson
Tea, 6am, Elizabeth Carlson
Mapping the Migrant's Shrine, Jeffrey Alfier
Ode to Your Spine, Amanda McQuade
Stalled, Amanda McQuade
Go West, Amanda McQuade
The Nature of Mercy, Marsha L. Mentzer
Mirror Images, Marsha L. Mentzer
Opening Night, John Dreyer 
Common Liturgy: A Broken Sonnet, Jeffry C. Davis
Forgetting to Remember, Jeffry C. Davis
To Turn a Terrycloth Slipper into Glass, Martha Krystaponis
Rich Winter, Sargam Garg
Consumer, Megan J. Robinson
Eclipse, Alohi Ae'a
Reasons to Be Hopeful, Sankar Roy
The Ghost of Roy Sullivan Laments, Laura Solomon
The Cartographer's Trauma Upon Waking, Laura Solomon

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