One Last Winter Moment

Today is one of those days of sloping light that you sometimes get when the hard edge of winter cuts into spring. Where the sun doesn’t just shine, but scuds across the fields in great golden planks. It is one of those days where mothers everywhere are nagging at their kids to get out and do something. Like mine.

Chocolate Season

It’s late May when James arrives in Rose-Marie, fresh from Antigonish, where he lives now. He shows up without fanfare. Without flourish. Without so much as a phone call to let me know he’s coming. He is simply, suddenly, standing before me in the grey light of a late Monday morning.

2010 Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of Room's 2010 Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Non-Fiction Contest!

Our sincere thanks to everyone who submitted their work. Look for first and second place winners in issue 34.1, coming to newsstands in late winter.

Our winners for 2010:

Shoes at the Holocaust Museum

Dusty, corralled by clear walls
of plexiglass, they smell of age,

the violent polish of pain. Red,
mismatched, many, owned

by the women who wore
them, sophisticated, matching

lipstick to dress, never
imagining that by the quiet end

of one day they would
be nameless. Nothing

but animals, wrapped in skin.
Nothing but flesh

cowed under a frozen cloak
of fear. Bodies

seeking warmth from each
other, in the crowded

car of a terrifying train
tearing into night. Soft red

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