Featured Works: Week of Oct 12 (Grief)

By on Oct 11, 2020 in Issue Archives

Bare trees in mist

Bare trees in mist by Alyce Wilson


As we near the end of October, we enter a season of remembrance, a holiday dedicated to honoring those who passed before us. This week’s contributors help to forge a path through grief.

In “Reading My Father” by Anthony Botti, favorite books help conjure memories of a father.

Bearing Loss” by Frank De Canio uses the imagery of fall to explore seasons of change and loss.

Walter, Pierre, Tim, Howard” by Anthony Botti eulogizes four friends lost during the initial days of the AIDS epidemic.

You squint the way one eye still aches” by Simon Perchik contemplates how the natural world can help cope with loss.


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.