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Long Division

Long Division

by m.nicole. r. wildhood


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Long Division considers the estrangement of two sisters, the pain oflongstanding trouble between them and the ambiguity of longing for repair. A version of Preparing for Family Gatherings was distributed by postcard to subscribers of Red-Flag Poetry Service in 2015. Despite childhood antagonism and now cold distance, the older sister's desire for that supposed guarantee of friend for life reemerges each time a friend mentions good times with one of their siblings. Why couldn't this be my sister and me? Could we learn to like each other? I'd let this go but now that I'm adult, I can't meet people who have known me since childhood. Yet, is friendship with one who I've been conflicting with since childhood where I should be pinning these hopes? Long Division is full of memories of the author's childhood with her sister, their brother, cousins and family in Colorado and reflects her difficulty not only with her sister, but also the passage of time in general. Could she have done something different? Was healing between her and her sister possible at one point but is no longer? Long Division sifts key memories for answers while knowing that none could be conclusive. But how else does one metabolize longing?

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ISBN-13: 9781635342987
Publisher: Finishing Line Press
Publication date: 09/08/2017
Pages: 36
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.09(d)

About the Author

m.nicole.r.wildhood is a freelance writer who grew up in a small suburb of Denver, Colorado and moved to Seattle when she was 20 years old after being the first in her family to drop out of college. When she did finish, she received a Bachelor of Arts in theology from Seattle Pacific University. Her blog, discusses politics, poverty, mental health and disability, with a particular focus on the unsustainability of the pursuit of individualism. She aspires to create a body of work that advocates for and itself emanates social and ecological justice.

m.nicole.r.wildhood's poetry, fiction and short nonfiction have appeared in The Atlantic, The Atticus Review, a great weather for MEDIA anthology and other anthologies, as well as The Sun, Ballard: A Journal of Street Poetry and Forage Poetry, among others. She was a finalist for America Magazine's annual Foley Poetry Contest and received a Top-25 honorable mention in Glimmer Train's annual short fiction contest, both in 2016.

She has been a registered scuba diver and saxophone player for over half of her life; both of these interests have afforded her the opportunity to travel. A particularly memorable trip, she was selected as a rising high-school senior for a national honor band and got to tour Western Europe performing in Frankfurt, Paris, Vienna, Luxembourg and other cities. She currently writes for Seattle's street newspaper Real Change and is at work on a novel, short stories and several poetry projects, including one in Spanish.

Table of Contents

Evaporation 1

My Parents’ Second Child 2

Wang’s Chinese Diner, 1990 3

No Dinosaurs Before Bed 4

Young For Now 6

This is Just a Drill 7

Post-Its 8

Cementation 9

Is It That I Didn’t Stand Up for You? 10

Sharing the Back Seat 11

Grounds for Growing Up 12

Standing Where We Played 13

How to Use Water as Fuel 14

Long Division 15

The Letter From My Sister 16

Preparing for Family Gatherings 19

Maybe Hope 20

Let Us Be Light 21

Maybe Rivers 22

Growing Up Is “Goodbye” by Another Name 23

A Dead, Dead Rose 24

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