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Cleanse the Soul, Ease the Longing, by Michail Mulvey

FictionPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 12:49:43
Reflection on and reaction to Cleanse the Soul, Ease the Longing, by Michail Mulvey.

Michail Mulvey, the illegitimate offspring of a gin-addled Dorothy Parker and a Guinness-stained Brendan Behan, is a retired Connecticut educator – 30 years middle school. For the last nine years he has been an instructor of English at Central Connecticut State University. He holds degrees in English and an MFA in Creative Writing. He’s been published in War Literature and the Arts, The Noctua Review, Scissors and Spackle, Hobo Pancakes, Fiction on the Web, and The Feathered Flounder. His short story “The Enemy” was accepted for publication in Remembrances of Wars Past: A War Veterans Anthology.

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Posted by Sophie Whitley Flavell Sun, June 23, 2013 19:27:27

I like how Michail's story ends. Questions are raised throughout and I knew that simple explanations would destroy the premise of the story, so to leave us, the readers, thinking and guessing was a relief.

Posted by Sue Pace Thu, April 25, 2013 17:32:24

It is the eternal question...unanswered...what is sin and how can something so innocent br wrong? The double lives are made explicit and I loved the way the characters circled each other, unable to ask or answer the most important questions. "Had she been called or had she escaped to the convent?" That's the question. I loved the tension. I feared the release. Thnks to Prole for including this excellent story.