RATHER THAN THESE by Callista Buchen
Rather than a baseball or a wallet, a fist going through drywall; rather than a rolled-up tie or a bar of soap, or a ladybug, the eye of a black-eyed Susan; rather than a margarine container without its lid or a single serving of yogurt, or the unraveling of a jacket pocket; rather than the time it takes to get from London to Chicago, or the way age knots on fir trees or clumps in the sugar bowl; rather than these, he says, the size of an orange, as if he is any other farmer who can tell sweetness from the weight he holds in his hand.


Callista Buchen has an MA in literature from the University of Oregon and an MFA in creative writing from Bowling Green State University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming at Gargoyle, Bellevue Review, elimae, JMWW, and others, with reviews in The Collagist and Mid-American Review.
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