Sam HiyateInterviewsBarbara Radecki and daughters Stefanie and Michele.
Your reconciliation of the domestic and the erotic.
Barbara: When my daughters were little, my husband’s work began to take him on the road a lot. Not only was I suddenly on my own with two little girls, but I was trying to find my creative voice amid a houseful of dreary chores. I loved being a mom, but resented that domestic drudgery.
I took it out on my husband. It took me a long time to realize that either I could writhe with resentment—while still having to do the dishes and laundry—or I could just do the work and let it go.
Believe me, you feel a lot sexier, a lot more attracted, when you’re not listing all your partner's mundane shortcomings in your head. And the chores lose their onus very quickly when you’re not seething about them. Anyway, in the end, domestic obligations balanced out between us.
Best reconciliation of the domestic and the erotic: the at-home date night.
Today we are publishing three of our twelve finalists: Max Schloner for fiction, Ellen Goodlett for nonfiction and Pamela Dillon for poetry.
Max Schloner's I Wish We'd Ruined Each Other gives us a more loving than loved (and ever-so-lovable) protagonist who takes us on a quirky ride through Manhattan as he mourns his just-failed love affair. Sharp and beautifully sparse prose brings both the relationship and the city to life.
Ellen Goodlett's personal essay is about young love, online games and the blurry line between fiction and real life. With superb structuring and an ironic yet wistful voice, Stealing the Story Back suggests we are all the authors of our own stories.
Pamela Dillon's She Went to Dance is a deliciously sensuous poem about love and mirages and the intersection between the two. Erotic imagery is interwoven with desert imagery and both will transport you to a luscious yet stark landscape.