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Jennifer Sinor

is the author of The Extraordinary Work of Ordinary Writing (University of Iowa Press). Her essays appear most recently in the American ScholarUtne, and Fugue. She teaches creative writing at Utah State University where she is an associate professor of English.

Terra Ignota

We awake to a skiff of snow still on the ground, the temperature barely above ten. Outside our window, darkness conceals the newly bare branches of the maple in front of our house, and stars linger in the sky. Michael,…

The Certainty of Spinning

I took my chances on a perilous path, along which my steps zigzagged, resembling a spiral lightning bolt. —Robert Smithson, “The Spiral Jetty” The morning we leave for the Spiral Jetty is the first day of sunshine in more than…

Through the Particular We Come Home

For two years after my youngest brother, Bryan, was born, my father called him George. Come here, George, he would call, holding out his arms to his third child, then running his fingers through Bryan’s softly curling hair. It wasn’t…