of the St. Petersburg Municipal Golf Course, in the moment before your heart stopped, did you think of me, your only son, or my mother, the woman you moved to Florida with, or my sister, the daughter you disowned when she married a black man? Or maybe you thought of your new wife, new daughter, new life. Did any of us cross your mind, Dad? Or were you only thinking of the proper way to drop the white ball into that hole, of the distance between one spot and the next?
earned an MA degree from Hollins University and an MFA from UNC-Greensboro. He is the
author of four books of fiction, including the 2004 Novello Literary Award-winning
novel Portisville, and most recently the novel Hopscotch. His first
full-length poetry collection, How Birds Fly, is the winner of the 2018 Lena
Shull Book Award. After working as an X-ray Technologist for twenty years, Cushman now
works in the IT Department at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital, and lives with his family
in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Author’s website: http://www.stevecushman.net/index.htm
⚡ Hospital Poet Sees the Stories in Everything, article by Jeri Rowe
in News & Record (26 January 2014)