Wild Violet Featured Works: Week of Oct. 21 (Loss)

By on Oct 21, 2013 in Issue Archives

Grieving person at ocean

Loss can take many forms — from death to the loss of a way of life — and this week’s contributors find ways to cope with those feelings.

In Ron Torrence’s short story, “The Long Walk Home,” a general comes to terms with the circumstances of his son’s death. 

In Channel Brenner’s poem, “What I Can’t See,” a mother finds a way to move on after losing a child. 

In Chris Drew’s short story, “Achilles’ Last Stand,” a music journalist shares personal insight into the true story of a rocker’s downfall.

In Sean Lause’s poem, “Fish Cleaning,” a father-son fishing trip leads to a loss of innocence. 

In Cynthia Lim’s essay, “Flytime,” the process of selling a boat brings up memories and helps create a path to acceptance. 


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.