Featured Works: Week of April 1 (Relationships)

By on Mar 31, 2019 in Issue Archives

Two chalk faces on a sidewalk

Relationships are among the most important experiences of life, and this week’s contributors look at a variety of kinds.

That Month My Mother Begged to Wait with Her in the Dark” by Lyn Lifshin reflects on a mother-daughter relationship and its changes.

Mama’s Boy” by Robert Pfeiffer shares a son’s perspective on his connection to his mother.

Lunch, 1968” by Stuart Michaelson looks at how friendship can be complicated by external forces, such as race and politics.

Chicken Noodle Soup Maiden” by Stuart Michaelson depicts a creative young boy’s struggles with infatuation.

If We Lived Together” by Tina Ralls looks at the everyday reality of romantic love.



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.