Category: Reading

The woman you promised

Ghosts. Ghosts everywhere. They hover on the autumn air, surrounding me, phantoms of my own imagination. That’s been happening a lot, actually. You’re not the woman you promised me you’d be. If I’m Autumn, then you are Spring: hope eternal, and allergies. Promises to come, […]

Eating with the Fairies

I’m struggling to understand how to reach you How do I make you care? “You can’t make people love you”— well, I don’t want love. Or maybe I do. Maybe I want more than you’re able to give. Certainly more than you’re giving to her, […]

Swans of Atlantis excerpt

To get you in the mood for some beachy summer reading, here’s an excerpt of Swans of Atlantis, due out this July: —

I’ve been saying

I’ve been saying “I don’t need more friends” for years. Funny how, now that I want them, they all seem to have drifted away. Copyright © 2017 C.L. Mannarino All rights reserved.

How much?

How much do you want this? Enough to keep your day job? Enough to work every time you have a free minute? What are you willing to give up? Because you’ll have to say no, you know, and not just to the things you don’t […]

Give it patience

Give it patience Holy joy Prepare to be the author of your Love, A revelation, An opportunity. Be held And encounter love Weakness to victory, Testimony to healing. Walk with me.   Copyright © 2017 C.L. Mannarino All rights reserved.

Describing Frightened

It’s worrying your fingers while you wait for the dentist to come back and give you Novocaine for a wisdom tooth withdrawal. It’s being the last group to perform in a series of short plays, and realizing you can’t remember your first line the second […]

Describing Judgment, and #ROW80 Progress

It’s making fun of my mom and Sister 2 for watching the Bachelor a couple years ago, and then stopping every so often, mesmerized and yet self-loathing for allowing myself to become so captivated. It’s falling in line with the two of them, but in […]

Describing Shame, and #ROW80

It’s telling your best friend something private and secret about yourself, and then listening to her reprimand you for even having those thoughts at all. It’s the hot-cold flush you feel afterwards, like the room is too big and too small all at once. It’s […]

Describing Remorseful

When you get angry at someone for disagreeing with you, and you snap at them without thinking, it’s the feeling you’re left with after realizing you were wrong. It’s the feeling you get while you’re pacing the room, running your hands through your hair, and […]