INTO THE DARKEST HEART
My father had a son. The son was me. My father’s own father had died the year before, and the birth of the child partially filled that hole. The child’s arrival was a relief. It was a spring day after a long winter. It was hope realized. The son was hope. I was the son, and I was hope fulfilled.
My father had a son that he didn’t know what to do with. So he carried his son with him everywhere he went.
My father had a son, and he became a stay at home dad. He didn’t consider himself a pioneer in gender equality. He didn’t see himself riding the front of the wave of stay at home fathers. He didn’t think about gender roles at all.
DetailsABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Denton Loving is currently enrolled in the Writing Seminars MFA program at Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont. His fiction, poetry, essays and reviews have appeared and are forthcoming in publications such as Cosmis, Litteral Latte, Main Street Rag, PANK, and in numerous anthologies.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:
Monica Garwood is an illustrator, painter, designer, and Bay Area native. She graduated with a BFA in Illustration from California College of the Arts in 2013 and currently lives in San Francisco.