ELKINS — The Cincinnati Review features a non-fiction work by Davis & Elkins College English Professor Dr. Bill King selected to appear in the online series miCRo. The platform offers shorter poems and flash fiction. literary non-fiction and hybrid works.
King “Why I Cached a Gallon of Water Near the Chimney Top Outlook of North Fork Mountain” offers a short meditation on mortality, faith and friendship.
Commenting on King’s piece, Associate Editor Taylor Byas says: “I would say that sadness never goes away, but returns in waves and changes shape every time. Bill King’s “Why I’m Caching a Gallon of Water near the Chimney Top Outlook of North Fork Mountain” manages to capture this phenomenon, its anaphoric and lyrical prose a perfect metaphor for the slippery persistence of grief. The emotional tension of this piece builds with each repetition, while the steady rhythm keeps the reader afloat. King helps us bring the wave of grief to the shore where it breaks over us and then recedes before it comes again.
The online presentation https://www.cincinnatireview.com/micro/micro-why-im-caching-a-gallon-of-water-near-the-chimney-top-outlook-of-north-fork-mountain-by -bill-king/ also includes audio of King reading his work.
“I’m glad this odd bit found a spot in The Cincinnati Review, a magazine that has published so many writers I admire. The ‘miCRo series’ focus on very short literature offers a great library of good short reads and I love the ‘full experience’ audiovisual and print,” said king.
King has been a member of the D&E faculty since 1996 and chair of the Humanities Department. Nominee for the Pushcart Prize and winner of the 2021 Heartwood Poetry Prize, King’s work has been published in many magazines and anthologies, including 100 Word Story, Kestrel, Naugatuck River Review, Still: The Journal, and Appalachian Review.
He grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwestern Virginia and holds an MA in creative writing and a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Georgia. His chapbook, from Finishing Line Press, is “Letting Go” (2018). His first complete volume of poetry, “blood root,” to be published in 2023 (Mercer University Press).
Since its founding in 2003, The Cincinnati Review has published many promising new and emerging writers, as well as Pulitzer Prize winners and Guggenheim and MacArthur fellows.