"A farewell of last meetings that were not recognized, at the time, as such; a cessation of plans for the completion of incomplete projects; a futility of vengeful thoughts; a surrendering of cherished hostilities..."
"you start to repeat your stories; / you sound like your mom / you feel so grateful for your mom you can't stand it..." Violet Piper's work has appeared in Slate, The Blue Mountain Review, Harpur Palate, and elsewhere.
"Cranreuch cauld wis the tarmac bauld, / The gled i the laverock's sheddie; / Ah masel for the haar-tooteroo / Wis tuckt up in ma beddie..." John Aberdein's novels have won the Saltire First Book of the Year Award and the Scottish Arts Council Fiction of the Year Award.
"plain gold earrings: you never wore any others. i have a pair that looks exactly like yours. i never wear any others. sometimes when i hold these, it feels like you’re still here, standing behind me..."