Introduction to this Issue’s Fiction

“Game Over” by Kristy Harding is an excerpt from a larger work. In some ways it leaves us lingering as it ends with a question that defies. Don’t worry this won’t be a spoiler you will still enjoy the work. It reminded me of when I was on the student council at Goddard and I had a wonderful opportunity to work with Alex Bryan of Third Ear Project. From Alex I learned about a handy new way to look at objections through Dynamic Governance. Most of us have heard the Chinese proverb explaining that the word for crisis or danger is the same one for opportunity, but trying to put into practice these lofty ideals often falls short of ideal. I have been guilty of searching for an impractical silver lining that caused more pain than the final reward. Yet when we examine every paramount objection together as a group, all objections are our objections. We each own the questions that keep us from moving forward to find the solutions to address those objections. What kind of world would exist if we did this? The possibilities are endless, the kind of possibilities that happen in the place where memory escapes and dreams break open. I think that “Dark Backward and Abysm” by Ger Killeen reflects this sense of possibilities that I am describing. Do enjoy it. My favorite line also reflects the trust of possibilities when we explore our deepest dreams and memories, for when we do this we are all mutineers from the status quo.

“Rather, the more I think about it, the more I reflect on my own personality (calm and genial enough), the more I examine my own moral orientation (decent, I’d say, fairminded), the more I’ve become convinced that I was among the mutineers.” — Ger Killeen

 

 

About Karen Walasek

Karen Walasek (midwife poet painter novelist essayist and biodynamic farmer) has been a mentor to writers at Hillhouse Writers in Tennessee for seven years. She received her MFA & BA in creative writing from Goddard College where she also studied the psychology of creative relationships. As a graduate student at Portland State University her work includes aspects of cultural studies, rhetoric and conflict resolution. Passionate about alternative ways of learning; she homeschooled three now adult children with her lifelong partner musician-writer, Ron Heacock.
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