Backcountry Childhoods

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Memory forms, piece by piece. Some of them go missing, others interlock, firm. We fill in the missing pieces with what we imagine or just leave the gap, admit the blank. And sometimes, we imagine what might have been, would have been.

Rumpus contributor Jill Talbot‘s “Emergent” is featured in the Paris Review Daily this week. It is a beautiful and forlorn piece that interweaves traumatic childhood situations from two different generations.


Julie Morse lives in San Francisco and is a poetry teacher. She can be found @JulieMorse16. More from this author →