In the days leading up to the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, as the nation reflected on its losses, and as thousands of families continued to try to make sense of their tragedies, I came across this quote:
Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic. Oscar Wilde said that.
What does one do with tragedy and grief? Grief has no agreed-upon rule or clarification. There is no road map. But some have discovered that, instead of losing themselves in the solitude and confusion of it, they trust in it. Some brave souls embrace it, and grow within it. They create. Some build, some sculpt, some write, some dance. We at Freerange trust in art as one way to make sense of all the beautiful anxieties of life. We’re not sure if the answers will ever be available for our eyes to see or our minds to comprehend, but we still make the attempt. When we write, when are brave, we embrace the questions. By having faith that in ourselves and our art, we live our way to the answer. We create our version of the truth.
This week at Freerange, we present two brave writers who are doing just that. This week on Freshly Hatched, we present “Cottage Road House” by Jason R. Jimenez:
“For a long time, I could lie flat at the bottom of every bathtub. But at the Cottage Way house I was at the beginning stages of a growth spurt. I had to curl into a ball. I would press my cheek against the metal drain cover which was cold despite the warm water. Here I would imagine being in Desert Storm. After I saved a fellow soldier from a grenade, I was shot in the back by snipers. I reached out to the white tiled wall and held my wife’s hand, told her how much I loved her, gave her final instructions for our children. I said goodbye to my children face-to-face. I can make myself cry. My throat clenches up, my face feels flushed. I feel tears running down my cheek, inseparable from the water.” READ MORE HERE
Also, our very own Molly Rose Quinn explores the author of The Great Frustration‘s wise perception of irony and humanity in “The Great Elation: In Conversation With Short Fiction’s Boy Wonder Seth Fried.”
Have a wonderful week everyone. Be brave. Embrace the questions.
-Mira Ptacin, Founder and Executive Director of Freerange Nonfiction
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