A Clean-Swept Room by Raennah Mitchell


For days after her mother’s death, while adults move around her making funeral and guardianship arrangements, Sarah stands by walls. Her six-year-old fingertips search the wallpaper in the day care where they have placed her. Peach-colored blossoms overlay faint gray stripes. She turns away and leans against them. Across the room, other children color, drive toy trucks through a box of rice, dress in capes and felt hats. Sarah rolls her head from side to side, imagining she can fall backward into her mother’s arms, the paper flowers closing over them. The squat woman who … Continue reading A Clean-Swept Room by Raennah Mitchell

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Issue no. 35, Fall 2020 Streetlight‘s 2020 Flash Fiction Contest: 1st Nancy Ludmerer, 2nd Sheila Longton, 3rd Anne Holzman Fiction: Patrick Christie, James William Gardner Streetlight‘s 2020 Essay/Memoir Contest: Honorable Mention Carol Jeffers, Honorable Mention J Brooke, Honorable Mention Vicky Oliver, Honorable Mention Genevra Levinson, Poetry: Donna Isaac, Connie Wasem Scott, Colin Webb, J.R. Solonche, Tim Suermondt, Robert Rothman, Shelby Stephenson, Brian King, Evalyn Lee, Rodney Torreson, Terry Cox-Joseph, Clair Scott, Barbara Saunier Art: Susan Kalergis Podcast: One Hundred Just In: Nancy Zafris interviews Karin Cecile Davidson Issue no. 34, Summer 2020 Streetlight‘s 2020 Essay/Memoir … Continue reading Past Issues