Persephone’s Children: 7

      Another excerpt from Persephone’s Children, @DundurnPress, publishers.   U is for uterus, uteri; also, for uterine fibroids. Benign growths that range in size from microscopic seeds to peas, to fists, to cantaloupes, to pumpkins. Black...

Persephone’s Children:6

H is for hypodescent. Hypodescent: the assignment of “mixed-race” children to the sub- ordinate group by the dominant culture. Hyperdescent: the assignment of “mixed-race” children to the more-advantaged group by the dominant culture. Hit and miss: whether you’re...

Persephone’s Children: 5

On your paternal side, your grandpa Lever fled Columbia, South Carolina, at the age of sixteen. Your grandma Daisy said he left after his brother was beaten to death with a hammer for applying for a white man’s job. He journeyed to Chicago, part of the Great Migration...

Persephone’s Children: 4

ATLAS Shrugged — a lot. While travelling, a sense of humour is important. So are snacks and good company, as well as an awesome playlist.* Sometimes I imagine heading to parts unknown — driving in my car until I run out of cash or am stopped by the ocean. I’ll pick up...

Persephone’s Children: 3

Each month, I will be posting excerpts from my memoir-in-essay, Persephone’s Children. I hope they vibe with you. Selene nudges the box of tissues on the side table toward me. I fight the urge to push it back. “Have you thought any more about my suggestion?...

Persephone’s Children: 2

Each month, I will be posting excerpts from my memoir-in-essay, Persephone’s Children. I hope my work vibes with you. “When you left your second husband, it had been a spur-of-the-moment decision. Your mother had said H was only using you, that he didn’t...