While Halloween has become a holiday of pirates and princesses, it began as a way to honor the dead. On this hallowed week, our contributors pay tribute to those who have passed on.
In “Someone Goes Over Old Love Letters,” a poem by Lyn Lifshin, everyday objects and routines evoke deceased loved ones.
In “Island Field,” a story by Brian Rodan, a widower goes on a pilgrimage in honor of his wife.
In “Stoppage,” a poem by Peter Layton, a windy day recalls images of a loved one.
In “An Amount,” a poem by Peter Layton, the starkness and finality of death is illustrated in blinding white.
In “Else,” a poem by Peter Layton, the nature of mortality is explored.
In “Skulls,” a story by Kathleen Glassburn, a women finds peace with her past through visiting a repository of the dead.
In “Secrets of the Heart,” a poem by Amy Barone, a daughter discovers secrets about her late mother.
In “Before It Disappeared,” a poem by Jed Myers, a son comes to terms with his father’s terminal illness.
In “Nothing New,” a poem by Jed Myers, a man makes a dreamworld visit to Heaven.
In “The Empress of Farewells,” a poem by Fredrick Zydek, the speaker recalls fond memories of his late grandmother.