Perhaps they are really saying: This will not happen to me. I will be prepared. And, in hoisting that hypothetical gun, they feel they are made safe from the appalling vulnerability of living....more
Whitney Templeton is an essayist and poet in the Denver area. Her work has appeared in Bellingham Review, Spry Literary Journal, and other publications. Her essay, “Body Cavities,” received a 2016 Pushcart Prize nomination, and she was a finalist in the 2016 American Literary Review Contest. As a volunteer, she serves as a trauma-informed writing mentor in a treatment center.