Featured Works: Week of Nov. 17 (Family)

By on Nov 16, 2014 in Issue Archives

Silhouetted family holding hands

As the Thanksgiving holiday draws near in the United States, a holiday traditionally focusing on family, our contributors show us different facets of family life and love.

Baby,” a poem by Leslie Philibert, pays homage to the very beginning of a family, in the moments before birth.

Sibling Rivalry,” a poem by Ruth Gooley, reflects on the childhood relationship between a brother and sister.

Rachel,” a poem by Sarah Carleton, depicts the overwhelming feelings of bringing home a newborn.

Blue Angel,” a poem by Jan Ball, delves into the nuances of marriage, drawing on images from aviation and games.

Lullaby for Two Little Boys,” a short story by Madeleine Ioannidis, shows the conflicting feelings of a mother working far from home.


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.