ELIZABETH ROBERTSON LAYTIN
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“The house where I live is deep in the woods. The driveway is overgrown with moss. A defiant mushroom has pushed up through the tar where the drive meets the street. How its roots wound their way under and up, I cannot imagine. It is ready to pick, or poison.
The flutter of wings startles me, and a red-tailed hawk lands on a branch of the tree to my left. I wait to see if he sees me. His chest is puffed forward, and his head is still, but his eyes blink lazily. I stand still, to see what he will do next. His wings are partly outstretched when he falls, dips, and rises to land on an evergreen to my right.
“Hi, Dad,” I say. There is a look of recognition, as he winks, or perhaps that is what I see, not what happens. As then he is up, flying, the gold tail-feathers flashing in the sun.”
“Winner Elizabeth Laytin’s Black Sugar is a meditation on a subject
Frank McCourt explored: Heading away from home to figure out
one’s life.” —LOU ANN WALKER, Editor-in-Chief
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