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2020

NORTH CAROLINA L I T E R A R Y RE V I E W

FINALIST, 2019 JAMES APPLEWHITE POETRY PRIZE BY JONATHAN GILES

My Life in Shreds I started with finances: shredding bills and receipts— groceries and gas, electricity and mortgage payments, a trove of credit card and bank statements. But soon I moved to holiday cards and notes from old friends, pictures of babies, children, and summer vacations. On a whim, I shredded the contents from my wallet: my driver’s license and insurance card, my debit and credit cards too, and the endless cards I rarely used – drug stores and pet stores – and, yes, masticating the plastic photos of my wife and daughter and our long dead dogs was hard, but when I opened the filing cabinet and found baby footprints, our wedding certificate, and photographs of our marriage, dating, siblings, growing up, our parents, our first cars, our first Christmas, and our first prom, I found I could shred all of these memories just fine.

JONATHAN GILES began his writing career in the Performing Arts, working for PlayMakers Theatre Company, a professional choir, and with performance artist Meredith Monk. He currently hosts two bi-monthly critique groups in fiction and poetry in Durham, NC. His poems have appeared in Main Street Rag, Avalon Literary Review, and Better than Starbucks. This is his first time in NCLR.

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North Carolina Literary Review Online 2020  

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

North Carolina Literary Review Online 2020  

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

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