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Stone Soup Magazine: December 2020

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Stone Soup Magazine: December 2020. Volume 48, Issue 11, 48 pp.

Editor’s Note 

My first day of English class, sophomore year of high school, I walked into a classroom dark except for a single candle flickering on my teacher’s desk. He stayed quiet, writing, as we all filtered into the room, nervously laughing and whispering to each other. Eventually, we took his cue and began to write too. This teacher, Mr. McGraw, soon became my favorite—because he gave us the freedom to explore language and literature in the ways that most inspired and invigorated us. In his class, I labored over poems, researched the Brontë sisters, and explored symbolism in The Scarlet Letter. I am still grateful for the space he gave me to learn and write how I wanted to. 

Teachers have a huge impact on our lives—hopefully in positive ways but also, frequently and unfortunately, in negative ways. Most of the stories and poems in this issue take the classroom as setting and subject, examining the ways that teachers and schools influence who we are and what we do. 

I hope you take this as an opportunity to reflect on the teachers who have nurtured your passions!

 – Emma Wood, Editor

Contents

stories

7 The Serenity of  the Simple Inquiry by Ella Yamamura 

12 Tales of Regret by Analise Braddock 

22 Death by Kickball by Lucy Laird 

27 Meet Through News by Olivia Rhee 

37 Cinka Times Two by Rose Fischer

personal narratives

15 The Pages I Feared by Norah Grigoresco 

32 Story by Asher Jenvey

poetry

4 Moods of the Week by Carolyn Lu 

20 Simple by Adele Stamenov 

25 Laundry by Zeke Braman 

45 My Earliest Memory by Audra Sanford 

46 The Dew Drop by Esther Hay

art

6 Cracks and Fissures by Sage Millen 

11 Underwater by Claire Lu 

14 Climbing Bark by Jeremy Nohrnberg 

21 Happy Place by Adele Stamenov

26 Through by Jena Kim 

31 Tree and Sky by Djin Thornton 

33 Window of Black and White by Anya Geist

36 Splash of Sunlight by Paige Bean 

47 Flower by Grace Williams

48 Honor Roll