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Flashbacks: Echoes of Past Issues

PHOTOGRAPHY BY LYNN ROBERTS

when my

father

died,

i knew there was a

...

God

river

to gather him up.

—Terry Roberts, A Short Time to Stay Here (225)

NOR T H CAROLINA L I T E R A RY REVIEW

for the JOHN EHLE PRIZE

someone on the other side of

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anything truly fine “knocked the rag off the bush.” What I thought then, with tears in my eyes, and what I think now, is that no one will ever say anything more meaningful to me about my writing. I had a sparkling dream one night not long after my own father died in the winter of 1982. I dreamed that I was working on a fence in the fields behind the house where I grew up, and up walked Dad with his mother, my Grandma Roberts. They stopped to talk for a bit, and it turns out that they were out for a stroll through the countryside – enjoying the season, admiring the fields, and seeing when the cherries might ripen on the tree. They were in no hurry and had not a care in the world. That dream is how I knew that Dad was enjoying himself free from pain and was not far away. And so, I imagine now for John – who left us in March of 2018 – that he is with his grandmother, and they are reunited on a long walk in the mountains, admiring the countryside, telling the very best kind of stories as they go. If I am quiet, I can hear their voices. n

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North Carolina Literary Review Online 2019  

A literary review published online annually by East Carolina University and by the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association.

North Carolina Literary Review Online 2019  

A literary review published online annually by East Carolina University and by the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association.

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