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

Past Issues


Issue no. 42, Summer 2022 Streetlight‘s 2022 Essay/Memoir Contest: 1st Betty Wilkins, 2nd Catherine Pritchard Childress, 3rd Susan Valas, Honorable Mention Jeff Ventura Poetry: Billie Hinton, Akhim Yuseff Cabey, Cindy Buchanan, Robert Detman, Ron Stottlemyer, Ron Stottlemyer, Marjorie Gowdy, Annie Stenzel, Eric Forsbergh, Jessica McEntee Fiction: Jessica Mendoza, Virginia Watts, Ty Phelps, Alan Brickman, Ruth Spack Art: Peter Allen Issue no. 41, Spring 2022 Streetlight‘s 2021 Poetry Contest: 1st Gina Malone, 2nd Victoria Korth, 3rd Luisa M. Giulianetti, Honorable Mention William Prindle, Honorable Mention Victoria Korth, Honorable Mention Zeina Azzam, Honorable Mention Elizabeth Nowak, Honorable … Continue reading Past Issues