Below is Part 20 of 23 monthly installments for Visitant. ◄◄ Read the prologue / introduction: Meet Agnes Person ◄ Read the previous installment | Surfactants The Dodie Medallions Folding her hair into origami signets, Agnes Person celebrates summer’s close with a swan’s song. She will hum Mozart’s lighter operas and busy herself this long Labor Day […]Read more "Agnes Person | The Dodie Medallions"
Sally Bishop Shigley teaches literature, literary theory, and the intersection between neuroscience and literature at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Her essay “Great Expectations: Infertility, Disability, Possibility” is forthcoming in The History of Infertility (Palgrave) and her essay co-written with Lauren Fowler appears in Rethinking Empathy through Literature (Routledge 2014). Her creative non-fiction has found a home in Mom Egg Review and So […]Read more "Microchimera"
This predicament is not new. The mender is one of many. They aren’t allowed to burn her, at least, though they can send her to a room for ninety months. Officials of the Spanish Inquisition roasted them alive. If the witch was lactating, her breasts exploded when the fire grew high. Leni Zumas, RED CLOCKS, […]Read more "Red Clocks: An Interview with Leni Zumas"
Cameron Morse taught and studied in China. Diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2014, he is currently a third-year MFA candidate at UMKC and lives with his wife, Lili, in Blue Springs, Missouri. His poems have been or will be published in over 50 different magazines, including New Letters, pamplemousse, Fourth & Sycamore and TYPO. […]Read more "Week 6"
Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi is assistant professor of linguistics at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, India. His research interests include language documentation, writing descriptive grammars, and the preservation of rare and endangered languages in South Asia. His most recent books are A Grammar of Hadoti (Lincom: Munich, 2012), A Grammar of Bhadarwahi (Lincom: Munich, 2013), and a […]Read more "जापा की बधाई | Congratulations for Successful Pregnancy: A Song in Hadoti"
I’ve become intimately in tune with my body over the years, due to my ongoing struggle with health issues. I’ve learned to listen to it when it needs nourishment, when it needs me to lay off the nachos and beer. I’ve learned to identify sources of pain and meditate on the mental issue causing that […]Read more "A Mother’s Love"
When I was pregnant with my second, I had an eighteen month old son. I loved him with every ounce of my being, of course, and I loved that he was a boy. No real reason, except I didn’t know much about boys before him, and there was something about the discovery that was fascinating and fulfilling. But in […]Read more "OK. I Wanted a Girl"
She does not look like a rebel. Rather, she looks like someone trying to be a rebel. But her baby face cannot hide behind even the stark white of malnutrition or black eyeliner. Her hair is chopped blunt, reminding of razors and bathrooms with closed doors and other things. The eyeliner does not hold back […]Read more "Meet: Sarah"
Blogging about pregnancy is a challenge. What information is TMI? What is too personal? Is blogging about pregnancy all about being personal? My fertility story was difficult for me to write because by doing so, I’m opening my inner soul to the world. I admit my faults and reveal my struggles. However doing so has […]Read more "Pregnancy Week 15"