- By Christin Howard
The lake moves, blue to blue. Runnels, droplets,
oar-lifted slap dull chimes against gunwales.
The blue dress and white kerchief are a young woman
crossing what she can’t escape. She forces
a calm, makes
a quiet pool of herself. —from "A Finnish Lake," Summer 2019 (Vol. 60, Issue 2)
Is there a city or place, real or imagined, that influences your writing?
Finland, for sure. It is a real place, of course, yet also an imagined place, for me. All my grandparents were born there, and it has fascinated me from an early age. For...