one mass of water stampeding down its course

“Ferry Crossing It was this same river, though further upstream, that swallowed you whole last spring. Summer sun has made it lean again, and it does not look so violent as I remember. That day was all motion. one mass of water stampeding down its course ripping at each bank crashing rocks on branches on…

Rebecca Balcarcel

Rebecca Balcarcel is an American poet. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She teaches at Tarrant County College. Her essays and poems have appeared in various literary journals, including North American Review, Third Coast, South Dakota Reivew, 5AM, Oklahoma Review. You can find out more about her books…

That loud music of the wild geese

Dear Ethel, Your novella Hetty Dorval (1947), about a childhood affection that gradually turns into a confrontation of good and evil, had a puzzling effect on me. It is a ‘tale of two readings’, as two confluent rivers, colliding. The story opens in the 1930s, when the mysterious Hetty Dorval moves to Lytton, a small…

Ethel Wilson

Ethel Davis Wilson (née Bryant. January 20, 1888 – December 22, 1980) was a Canadian writer. Born in South Africa, she moved to England in 1890 after the death of her mother, and soon after, in 1898, she was taken to Canada, after the death of her father, to live with her maternal grandmother. She received a teacher’s…

Japanese Literature Challenge 11

Hello, lovely readers, Japanese Literature Challenge is hosted by Dolce Bellezza since 2006. The event traditionally runs from June through January, and there is only one requirement: to read at least one work of Japanese literature in this six month period. Here you can find a suggested reading list. After failing badly to complete my challenge last year –…

On sad days no one talks of birds

“On sad days no one talks of birds – by Filipa Leal On sad days no one talks of birds We ring up friends and they are out and then on the street we ask for a light as if asking for a brand new heart. On sad days it’s winter and we walk in…

Filipa Leal

Filipa Leal (1979) is a Portuguese writer. She studied journalism at the University of Westminster, London, and holds a MA in Portuguese and Brazilian Literature from the University of Porto. Poems On sad days no one talks of birds (tr. Juliana Brina) The house (tr. Juliana Brina) Books lua-polaroid (2003) Talvez os Lírios Compreendam (2004) A Cidade Líquida…

She sounded like a killing wind

Dear Sarah, In your debut novel See What I Have Done (2017), we are brought inside the dysfunctional household of the Border family, only to be trapped, along with the characters, in a suffocating atmosphere of sweat, sweltering heat, mutilated pigeons, rotten food, a plate of leftovers, and ripening fruit. It’s claustrophobic. It’s salty, dirty,…

Sarah Schmidt

Sarah Schmidt (1980) is an Australian author. She holds a Bachelor of Arts  in Professional writing and editing from Deakin University, Melbourne, a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from the RMIT University, Melbourne, and  a Graduate Diploma of Information Management. She works as a Reading & Literacy Coordinator at a regional public library. Books See…

Mary Jane Ward

Mary Jane Ward (August 27, 1905 – February 17, 1981) was an American writer. Ward studied English at Northwestern University and at the Chicago’s Lyceum of Arts Conservatory, and worked as a book reviewer for the Evanston News-Index. She moved with her husband to Greenwich Village in 1939. Shortly afterwards, she suffered a nervous breakdown due to financial…