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Behind Our Eyes: Stories, Poems and Essays by Writers with Disabilities

by Marilyn Brandt Smith

Laugh with the blind guy who gets in the wrong car and almost gets arrested. Cry with the little girl whose parents resent her blindness so much that they constantly break her spirit. Rejoice over battles won against burglars, abusive spouses, self-doubt, and health care personnel who keep forgetting their patient can't see. Reflect on the issues of employment, acceptance, independent travel, and the appreciation of nature and other hobbies. This anthology attempts to bridge the gap between how disabled people are viewed by society and how they really live. Read about the writers' workshop, and join the group if you enjoy writing.

Chasing the Green Sun

by Marilyn Brandt Smith

"Where is the green sun?" "Catch a glimpse of it through a little boy's eyes under a chilly January Kentucky sky. Name it and claim it again from a ranch house rooftop in Texas summertime heat." Unthinkable confrontations and familiar deal breakers spotlight danger and opportunity through this literary mix in calendar format. Flash fiction bites bring emotion, humor, and surprise endings early in each chapter. A bride gets embarrassed; a teacher gets exposed. Marilyn Brandt Smith is not content with limits on perception, imagination, and experimentation. She aligns differing literary forms, allowing the sun, moons, months, and seasons to chart the year. In a true story from March, two vulnerable women are held at knifepoint in an elevator. In May, young men lose track of their coach at the cave they're exploring. April's grass moon matches poems and stories about a famous disaster; a not-so-famous boarding school prank; an unusual burglary; and a bunny on a Greyhound bus. December promises satire; a special tree in Brooklyn that isn't supposed to be there; and a glimpse of future technology. A counselor and teacher for people with disabilities, and a writer and editor for magazines, anthologies, and special formats, the author brings sensitivity, good humor, and creative variety to this collection. You'll want to be part of it all--help the desperate woman in the hospital at midnight; put a stop to the husband's game plan in Alaska. Stop and scratch their ears when you read about furry folk, and keep turning pages to see who's next.

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