The Interlochen Review
Academy Literary Journal
Senior Motion Picture Artist
"I want to receive my diploma from a fox
I happen by in the woods—
The scroll and ribbon clenched
between his teeth
"Your head’s chemical cocktail
has the same ingredients as mine
and our tiny mirrors are sympathetic to synonyms."
"Every once in a long while, the paper airplane would catch the light of the window and hang there for a moment, as if suspended in a jar of honey."
"What if he loved her for who she was? For the way she smiled. She never showed her teeth. Did you notice that? She thought they were crooked."
“I’m frozen in place, still hoping that he will return, still hoping that our family could be this elusive, love-ridden thing.”
“When we look back, the land
seems cracked and poured into boundaries of corn mazes.
Call it the tranquility of a dead tree—the skin, bone, meat.
Home is glitter, egg yolk, the line that is unbearably long.”
Claire Harvey, Iowa
“He learned that the sharp angle of his chin was inherited from Adam, and his slim hips once belonged to Eve. On the hot, dark Umbrian nights that he slept under the stars, Francis imagined the sensual curves of the original sinner, scorned the lusty grin and sweet debris of forbidden fruit that his fantasies painted onto her lips.”
Krista Kiernan, St. Francis
"Even if I had entertained myself with the thought
that the fish had committed suicide, I
could not buy into the concept
that loneliness was complex"
a heap of laundry as tall as my father.
There are smells and things so rancid,
my toes curl."
“She knows the pines in
the winter. Blanketed in that eternal
tundran snow that holds still the six
German soldiers her grandfather killed.”
“It can’t be more than fifty-five degrees, but that weak sun is something I am eternally grateful for, even if it means that the blood will bake itself onto the boat’s deck.”
"To him, I was simply
the sense of heat near his right leg
on the bench as his fingers fell
and crashed on the black and the white."
The Piano Player
"Trucking is not a profession,
but a fellowship, strictly patriarchal—
except for the women."