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Review :: “Tom Is Dead” by Catherine Sinow

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Guest Post by Virginia

A succinct nonfiction essay by Catherine Sinow, but one that will sit in the mind long after you’ve finished reading it, “Tom Is Dead” is about tragedy befalling a family and the complications of grief that come from no longer being close to that family. The work, published in Issue 3 of Marrow Magazine, is about rifts between people but also about closeness, and how those two things can co-exist sometimes in strange and painful ways. Sinow utilizes the small space the essay takes up well, and while the word count is low, the content is packed with effective language, like these opening lines, “Once I was friends with two brothers. I had a falling out with both of them. Eight months later, their dad was hit by a car and killed.” The blend of craft and content makes the essay a real brain-worm of a piece, and it’s a slightly morbid, slightly bittersweet, altogether powerful read.

Tom Is Dead” by Catherine Sinow. Marrow Magazine, Issue 3, 2022.

Reviewer bio: Virginia is an English graduate student at Utah State University. They like talking with cats better than talking with people.

Magazine Stand :: Marrow Magazine – Issue 1

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Committed to publishing work that “explores dark spaces,” Marrow Magazine accepts submissions on a rolling basis and adds works online weekly to complete quarterly issues. Issue 1 is being “fed” weekly, but currently features poetry by Eran Eads, C.L. Liedekev, Alicia Hoffman, Jen Frantz, Kristina McDonald, fiction by Martyn Sullivan, Julie A. Hersh, Katie Jordan, Hattie Jean Hayes, BJ Hollars, Jacquelyn White, Michael Brockley, Venus Fultz, and a hybrid image/word piece by Maggie Rosen.