Featured Works: Week of Sept. 14 (Personal History)

By on Sep 14, 2015 in Issue Archives

Alyce with Parents at NASA


You ever hear the expression “the personal is political”? Well, oftentimes, so is our personal history, with our emotions interlocking with the way we view the past. Today’s contributors take us on a journey into yesteryear.

Imagine That,” a poem by Bruce McRae, contemplates different ways of viewing the past.

What You Can’t See,” a flash fiction piece by Louis M. Abbey, centers on a haunting memory of war.

Moira,” a flash fiction piece by Lorna Wood, reflects on an unforgettable grad-school romance.

Repossessed,” a poem by Bruce McRae, uses metaphor to cope with childhood trauma.


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.