New Shoots 27

27Editors Andrea Hoff, Leah Horlick, and Ruth Johnston draw attention to the “bravery of the transparent “I,” its strength of character development, its honesty in dealing with themes such as identity, aloneness, awareness, and love. “Pro Ana, Pro Mia” is an ironic take on the glorification of eating disorders. “Black Death” narrates the horrors of the Great Plague and the loss of family and faith. A reunion 19 years in the making is the heart of the short story “The Ruby.” The poem “Where Are You?” is carried by its compassionate tone as the speaker searches for a starving dog. The body’s capacity and will to survive is tested in “1904-1980.” The poem “10 Ways of Hockey” takes the reader in the thick of the game.

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