Erin Murphy’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Brevity, Memoir Magazine, The Normal School, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and elsewhere. She is the author or editor of eight books, including Creating Nonfiction: Twenty Essays and Interviews with the Writers (SUNY Press, 2016), winner of the Gold Medal Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award. She is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Penn State Altoona. website: www.erin-murphy.com/.
A boy, a boy with pimples and a coltish gait, has died. A boy, the younger brother of my daughter’s friend, has died, has taken his own life. I watched him play in the pool, hour after hour of splat ball and Marco Polo, summer after summer, as he grew taller than his sister. Still, she’d spread his towel to dry in the sun and waited for him at the end of the day as he stabbed his wet feet…
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