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Broad Street is proud to present a favorite story from our first issue, now formatted for online reading.

“The Lives of Strangers,” by award-winning poet and memoirist Paisley Rekdal, explores the complexities of marriage and love—and the many forms of violence they can engender. It first appeared in the print version of Broad Street’s “Dangerous Territory” issue. It is one of two essays from that debut issue to receive a Special Mention from the Pushcart Prizes. (The other is Susann Cokal’s essay on Midge, Barbie’s best friend.)

The events in Rekdal’s riveting essay take place in and around her home of Salt Lake City. But its most important aspects could take place anywhere and everywhere the human heart beats.

Read “The Lives of Strangers” in full here.


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Painting:  Josh George, Buddy Patrol, mixed media on wood panel.