About the Contributor
Kristin LaFollette is a PhD candidate at Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH, USA) and is a writer, artist, and photographer. Her work was featured in the anthology Ohio’s Best Emerging Poets (Z Publishing, 2017) and she is the author of the chapbook, Body Parts (GFT Press, 2018). She currently lives in northwest Ohio. You can visit her on Twitter at @k_lafollette03 or on her website at kristinlafollette.com.
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
John Green's work has meant a lot to me over the years because he's an author from Indiana, the state where I was born and raised. His books often take place in Indiana, so I always felt a strong connection to them, but none of his books have meant more to me than The Fault in Our Stars. I was never able to fully articulate how I felt after losing Cohen (the person who my piece The Girl With Many Names is about) until I read this line from the book after Hazel has suffered the loss of Augustus: "And here it was, the great and terrible ten, slamming me again and again as I lay still and alone in my bed staring at the ceiling, the waves tossing me against the rocks then pulling me back out to sea so they could launch me again into the jagged face of the cliff, leaving me floating face-up on the water, undrowned.” I've never read anything before or since that captured my grief so intensely.
More from Issue Nine:
- The Place That He Can Never Return To
- The Cyclops
- The Girl with Many Names by Kristin LaFollette
- Three by Deb Scudder
- The Mourner by Louise Burgess
- Margot by Marni Appleton
- Pebbles on a Shore by Lynne E Blackwood
- blindfolded minds by Rachel Hawkins
- Phantom habits by Blakeley Bartee
- Dementia’s Mantra by Mike Ferguson
- Pack Animals