Featured: Week of Dec. 17

By on Dec 17, 2012 in Issue Archives

As the year winds down, we turn to reflection, as we assess the year that passed and anticipate the one yet to come. This week’s contributors use personal introspection to reach insights about past and possible future behavior.

In the essay “A Brief Consideration” by Charles Sanft, the speaker contemplates the idea of living life twice: once cautiously and once with abandon. 

In the essay “Merit Badge” by Karen Fayeth, a woman contemplates body image on a Thursday work commute.

The poem, “The fresh and promising morning” by Robert Phelps, explores the possibility of renewal and rebirth.




Alyce Wilson is the editor of Wild Violet and in her copious spare time writes humor, non-fiction, fiction and poetry and infrequently keeps an online journal. Her first chapbook, Picturebook of the Martyrs; her e-book/pamphlet, Stay Out of the Bin! An Editor's Tips on Getting Published in Lit Mags ; her book of essays and columns, The Art of Life; her humorous nonfiction ebook, Dedicated Idiocy: How Monty Python Fandom Changed My Life, and her newest poetry collection, Owning the Ghosts, can all be ordered from her Web site, AlyceWilson.com. In late 2019, she published a volume of poetry by her third great-grandfather, Reading's Physician Poet: Poems by Dr. James Meredith Mathews, which also contains genealogical information about the Mathews family. She lives with her husband and son in the Philadelphia area and takes far too many photos of her handsome, creative son, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda.