Category Archives: parents

Rumpus Original Fiction: A World in a Box

  1. Saturday is a desert in a motel. The tv turns into an countless amount of water for the boy. It washes by means of the day and dampens the boy’s anguish. Tv flicks on like a little shock. Gazes into the son’s face. He tries to assume, however the commercials are very loud […]

A Hard-Won Love: NOS by Aby Kaupang and Matthew Cooperman

Each household suggests a geometrical determine, a kind of plottable set of shifting relations. Consider the Bundrens in Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. Anse explains, by method of geometry, his inclination to “stay put.” As a person, he was made “up-and-down ways,” perpendicular to these issues which might be meant “to be always a-moving,” “longways, […]

The Supplicant Undertaker

My father stands within the pool and watches me swim. California Redwoods forged blue shadows over the deep finish. He holds his arms out for me to swim to, standing together with his again to the size of the deeper water behind him. And simply earlier than I attain his thick fingertips, he pulls them […]

What Is Found There: Talking with Barbara Crooker and Marjorie Maddox

As poet William Carlos Williams famously mused, “It is difficult / to get the news from poems / yet men die miserably every day / for lack / of what is found there.” What higher option to look at Williams’s declare of “what is found there,” whereas additionally addressing “the news” that poems typically can and […]

Rumpus Original Fiction: Three Flash Fictions by Rachel Hannigan

      “Dead,” or “Spring” <> Think about the artist at an artwork gallery celebration. Is she sporting a skirt, or pants? She arrives alone. Does she first flip to the bar, or to the friends? Does she drink water, or wine? How does she look, inside the gang? <> Think about the artist […]

What Lurks Below: A Conversation with Chloe Aridjis

I got here throughout Chloe Aridjis by probability. As I scrolled by means of Instagram, the duvet of her forthcoming novel, Sea Monsters, caught my eye. I instantly contacted her publicity group for an early copy, wanting nothing greater than to immerse myself on the earth she created. I used to be not improper to […]

Seeking Truth: A Conversation with Ruth Baumann

Parse, launched final month from Black Lawrence Press, is Ruth Baumann’s first full-length poetry assortment. Nearly all of the guide includes a singular speaker that tells the story of a younger lady rising from trauma and discovering a strategy to land on her ft. The poems might seem brief, however they resonate lengthy after studying. […]

The Thread: Fatherless

My rage got here early. So early, actually, that I’ve a tough time remembering when it got here. I didn’t have the phrase rage, or the idea of disappointment. All I knew was the shortage, the ache, the burning query: why. I sat by his footwear on the door, tracing the blood stains, the unknowable […]

Four Courses

1. Mom My mom cooks laksa, a spicy, bitter, brown-red noodle soup native to her hometown in Malaysia. It’s so thick and gravy-like that there are fibers within the soup, texture from the herbs and prawn that make up the broth. We don’t converse whereas we eat, backs hunched, heads bowing over the bowl, sipping […]

The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Tom Barbash

The Rumpus Book Club chats with Tom Barbash about his new novel, The Dakota Winters (Ecco, December 2018), fathers and sons, and methods to strategy together with popular culture historical past inside a fictional novel. That is an edited transcript of the ebook membership dialogue. Each month The Rumpus Book Club hosts a dialogue on-line with the […]