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Sunday, April 06, 2014


by William L. Alton

Image source: Tithing

You sleep beneath the pines, the new needles growing pale green. Your head cradled on a root. One hand lies on your chest, rising and falling.

I imagine you as a child, growing to this. There is no time for you. The day does not slip. You live with the sun. It is either light or dark.

William L. Alton was born November 5, 1969 and started writing in the Eighties while incarcerated in a psychiatric prison. Since then his work has appeared in Main Channel Voices, World Audience and Breadcrumb Scabs among others. In 2010, he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He has published one book titled Heroes of Silence. He earned both his BA and MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon where he continues to live.