Issue 1: Mothers

The Knots Between Us by R.K. Riley

My mother hated me the way I looked at her through my father’s pale eyes the independent insurgence of a being where she wanted a porcelain-faced doll with peachy cheeks and white stark cold skin who never blinked at her vulnerability or turned from her naked cruelty...

Mother Love by Sara Connell

The story I played out growing up was The Ugly Duckling.  For a time, even the nickname given to me by my mother was “Ug.” My two younger sisters seemed to move seamlessly from the womb into the family unit. I constantly felt the outsider: at worst, pathologized; at...

Heavy Metal by Jean Cozier

My mother entered a nursing facility on January 2, 2014, and thus I began yet another chapter in a long, dysfunctional story I really would like to stop reading. At the age of 98, she still has the power to darken my life.  I’m working on that – hence, “Heavy Metal.” ...