When everything seems to be going wrong, how can you hold onto faith? This week’s contributors examine this issue, along with the concept of religion.
In the long-awaited conclusion of “The Broken Cross” by John T. Hitchens, an adolescent boy questions his faith in the wake of neighborhood drama.
The poem by Sean Lause, “The grackle as invisible priest,” uses a religious metaphor to make a nature observation.
In the humorous piece by Jason Howell, “A Vegetarian Backslidden,” God’s attempt at vegetarianism accounts for some biblical events.
Finally, if you have not yet read part two of “Izamal” by Wes Oldham, please check out this story of a clash between religion and culture.
Alyce Wilson is the editor of Wild Violet
and in her copious spare time writes humor, non-fiction, fiction and poetry, keeps an online journal,
and is working on a book, Belated Mommy: How to Cope With Being an Older Mom.
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
(which she plans to update this year); her book of essays and columns, The Art of Life
; and her humorous nonfiction ebook, Dedicated Idiocy: How Monty Python Fandom Changed My Life
, can all be ordered from her Web site, AlyceWilson.com
. She lives with her husband, cat and son in the Philadelphia area and takes far too many photos of her handsome, creative first grader, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda.