I Am Answered

My first written contribution to ISSUE Magazine for their LOSS theme, a memoir piece about the mourning process I went through/am still going through for the death of my mother, about the natural disintegration of one’s connections to the dead and how to keep them alive.

I want this thing about me to explain everything. My mother died when I was eight. There, there you have it. You can stop looking me over, checking for bruises, lumps, faded paper or cracked glue. I am answered. We have found what broke me and now I can be loved whole, with the knowledge of the pieces that aren’t there and how to survive their absence.

Read the full piece here. Find the rest of my work for ISSUE Magazine here.