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Celia’s Still Life

 Statues more alive than a dozen children wiggling to be so still. Feeling whatever they felt however long it took to unfix a stare. To live like that! Somehow I knew, it’s all in the lips. Struck my pose, hand stretched out. Before I could settle into the right expression, the teacher palmed my hand, drew me back into the squirming circle.

Darren Jackson’s poems and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in CircumferenceThe PinchThe Laurel ReviewThe Offending AdamBluestem, and other journals. He has been a VCCA Fellow in France and Virginia and received a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in 2013. He has translated Life in the Foldsby Henri Michaux (Wakefield P, forthcoming Fall 2014);  “The White Globe,” an essay by Bertrand Westphal, which is forthcoming from Northwestern University Press in the The Planetary Turn: Art, Dialogue, and Geoaesthetics in the 21st-Century;  and  A Free Air by Albane Gellé

Photo credit: Creative Commons License Neuenberg Statue With Child by Brian Kelley is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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Tomi L. Wiley is the Poetry and Short Fiction Editor for Sweatpants & Coffee.com. She has written and edited for media including Southern Living and Oxford American magazines, has been published in the literary anthologies Milk & Ink: a Mosaic of Motherhood, Telling Tales, Maypop and the Southeast Review, has coordinated panels for the Southern Festival of Books, spoken on the creative writing process at Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and is a past president of the Tennessee Writers Alliance. She lives in Knoxville, where she is writing her first novel with the help of lots of wine, goat cheese and the Barefoot Contessa.

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