Featured Works: Week of August 24 (Connection)

By on Aug 23, 2015 in Issue Archives

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This week, Wild Violet’s contributors are addressing various types of connection, from work relationships to strangers to telepathy.

In “Visiting,” a poem by Michael Mark, a hospice worker interacts with a patient whose memory falters.

In “Smoker’s Cross,” a short story by Leonard Scott, officer workers form an uneasy bond during a smoking break.

The non-fiction piece “Type-setting Tunes” by Terry Barr shows how he once found common ground with a much older co-worker.

The short story “Reaching” by Patrick Kelly Joyner follows a young man on a day full of important relationship moments.


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.