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“To Fill a Room with ‘Nobody’” — Sara Talpos puts poetry and mitochondria under the microscope.

“To Fill a Room with ‘Nobody’” — Sara Talpos puts poetry and mitochondria under the microscope.

“To Fill a Room with ‘Nobody’” Emily Dickinson and mitochondria go under the microscope in this Pushcart-nominated essay from our “Small Things, Partial Cures” issue of 2018.  “Mitochondria, the tiny products of endosymbiosis, made it possible for Emily Dickinson to write over 1,700 poems and for Charles Darwin to climb 4,000 feet into the Andean...
Family Laundry: "Someone Else's Story," by Luanne Castle.

Family Laundry: “Someone Else’s Story,” by Luanne Castle.

An online exclusive. “… a young mother whose husband was involved in a catastrophic accident and had to be institutionalized.” In the sixth installment of this series exploring family history and its conversion into a faithful narrative, Luanne Castle reconstructs the life of a distant relation on her grandmother’s side, a woman whose resilience in the...
Genealogy of a Poet: Introducing Luanne Castle’s “Family Laundry” series.

Genealogy of a Poet: Introducing Luanne Castle’s “Family Laundry” series.

“The poem felt so right to me that I decided to take my research, add to it, and write poems and creative nonfiction about my ancestors…” Castle’s new series digs deep into her family’s past for historical persona poems. A poem and related archival materials will appear on BROAD STREET’s site every Friday till the...
Family Laundry: "The Weight of Smoke," by Luanne Castle.

Family Laundry: “The Weight of Smoke,” by Luanne Castle.

“What was beautiful to the sight felt like a flaw to the touch …” An online exclusive. The Paake children in the fire, all grown up . Front row: Theresa and Cora. Back: Frances, George, Jr., and Jennie (Jane). Note the watch that Cora is wearing. In the fourth installment of this series, Luanne Castle chronicles a devastating fire...
Family Laundry: “More Burials,” by Luanne Castle.

Family Laundry: “More Burials,” by Luanne Castle.

“Far from the cemetery here in Zwammerdam, far from the hole they have already begun to dig …” A Dutch orphan survives abuse, emigrates to America, and dies of malaria while fighting in Cuba–all within twenty-one years. This third installment of the “Family Laundry” series sees Luanne Castle imagining a mother, long deceased, writing her son’s...