Issue 10: Spring 2017

Dear readers,

We are Jackie Yang and Betty Chinea, the co-editors of the University of Miami's Mangrove Literary Journal, and we are excited for you to dive into the work submitted by our 22 talented contributors.

The pieces that were shared with us this year made us laugh, think, and raise our eyebrows. The works that made it into this book are the result of hours of reading, debating, swapping edits, and wholehearted gushing. During a time when the value of art is being questioned, we are proud to continue reaffirming its importance and providing a platform for new voices.

Sincerely,

Jackie Yang & Betty Chinea
March 2017

 

 

 

Print books are available on the University of Miami Coral Gables campus for a suggested donation of $5-$10 to the Creative Writing Program. Please contact mangrovejournal@gmail.com for more information.

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The Old Woman's Hobby

The neighbors joked they’d leave
a basket of knitting needles on her doorstep, 
only to stop the nightly round of bullets 
from piercing the short block’s ears.

Children, they said, were in the vicinity.

When the sheriff showed up on her doorstep, 
she had all her permits in order, 
and that night we heard three extra rounds of the Glock 19 pound the dusk.

I was nine, and as her line ran low, 
I sat on top of my bed wondering what it’d be like
to shoot a person--in the chest-- 
if I had a gun like the old woman had.

Dad told me it wasn’t that kind of gun.

So I tried to go to sleep until I felt her pistol 
in my hand, the lead bullets in the magazine. 
I sought the target, felt the dual recoil spring 
back into my palm.

I saw the smoke curl into our short, gray curls, 
smiled as the ammunition hit its mark 
and felt the echo of the shot target in the place 
in my chest where I felt our heart, mending itself.


Renee Reneau