Featured Works: Week of May 17 (Hardship)

By on May 21, 2015 in Issue Archives

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In our global community, no problem — whether it’s hunger, teen pregnancy, or government repression — stands alone. Such complicated issues as poverty, crime and discrimination are interwoven. This week, our contributors show us stories of hardship, desperation, and the rarest glimpses of hope.

Refugees,” a poem by Leslie Philibert, depicts the hearbreak and determination of those forced out of their homes.

Gasoline,” a poem by Terry Minchow-Proffitt, is told from the point of view of a young man who feels compelled to steal.

Eggs,” a short story by A.D. Sams, delves into the inner world of a young woman with a troubled family.

The Rotten Ones,” a short story by Sarah Szabo, chronicles a day in the life of a poverty-stricken boy and his mother in a repressive regime.


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.