A few weeks ago, the online magazine Drunken Boat published a collaboration between Kristen Nelson and Noah Saterstrom2, entitled “Ghosty.” Noah’s drawings accompany Kristen’s spare but moving account of the death of the narrator’s father, with whom she had a conflicted, troubled relationship. While the story suggests that her father’s remains will likely end up as ashes, what “remains” for the narrator is a host of unanswered (and perhaps unanswerable) questions, and an inability to articulate even the simplest of responses to a question about what sort of life he had lived–though, she says, “an unspoken answer fills up my mouth. It gets bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger.”
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