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REMEMBER

A Reminder about Jack Hicks

by Alison O’Connor

Dear future Alison (2034),

How are you, and how have you been? How do you still feel, more importantly, for the purpose of this letter, about Jack Hicks’ death? That old man from the dog park we used to talk so wonderfully with. It happened only three years ago for present me, so it still stands out for me. It will be twenty three years ago for you, so I’ll bet that moment in your life will be much farther off, more like a distant happening, but I seriously hope you have not forgotten entirely how you felt about Jack and all he meant to you, how horrible the news of his passing had been. 

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IMAGINE

Lexy McCreadie’s Off Day

by Alison O’Connor

Ms. Dina DeAngelis surveyed her Kilgore high school art classroom one Friday afternoon, once the students of her last class of the day had filed out. She scanned the sketches sprawled before her on the art desks. She’d told the class she’d take care of the sketches, just leave them at your spaces and I’ll hang them up in the hallway outside. It was the figure-drawing unit, one of her favorite units in her class. She believed that each student took a unique approach to the human body, at least she made sure of that. She arranged for models to pose for the students, though the models had to be in spandex suits after several angry parents complained about how indecent nudity in the high school art classroom was. Still, the unit was quite rewarding, Ms. DeAngelis believed.  

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