She was 52, long past the nights of prayers and fairytales that might help her daughter dream of something other than what led to the night terrors. Long past the blind faith in a revolving door of medicines and doctors who must surely have known more than she did. Long past the hope that at prison, her daughter might have gotten clean and seen and been safe enough to survive her sentence. But here she is, years later, still ready to believe in miracles, stapling flyers onto utility poles, as if her beloved bird, once uncaged, wouldn’t fly, fly away.
fiction and poetry have been published in 100 Word Story, Alaska Quarterly Review,
The Cardiff Review, Cleaver, Eleven Eleven, Short Édition, and
The Stockholm Review of Literature. Her work has twice been nominated
for a Pushcart Prize, and has been featured in several anthologies, including
Nothing Short Of 100: Selected Tales from 100 Word Story (Outpost 19) and
Respect: Poems About Detroit Music (Michigan State University Press).
She is finishing a collection of one hundred 100-word stories entitled Tart
Author’s website: https://www.heatherbourbeau.com/
Stories From Tart Juice
How to Talk to a Former Warlord, a poem by Heather Bourbeau
in The Missing Slate (18 March 2015)