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Amy Sargent Swank

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Up until 1980, I spent most of my summers at my grandparents’ lovely house on Crows Pond in Chatham, Massachusetts. It totally cemented my love for the water, salty air, wooden boats, hermit and horseshoe crabs, clams, and birds, all kinds of birds: crows and quails and mourning doves and seagulls. They were everywhere. Their songs were everywhere. And it was there, on the Cape, where a seed of an idea, a story about a family and a house and pain and forgiveness, began to grow.

I studied art as a child at the Saturday art program at Boston’s Museum of Fine Art, and I’ve tried to stay close to creativity in a myriad of ways: drawing, painting (oils and watercolors), painting (walls, decoratively and vocationally for a weird time when sponge-p
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“​Seeing Dottie and me in that picture, smiling with melty ice cream cones in our hands and the drips running down into our fingers, I started to feel pretty bad. And so I sat down on my new white bed in my new white room and just started rocking. Back and forth and back and forth, until the light faded in the room, and the orange sunlight stripes was brown and the brown boxes disappeared and the white things turned gray and my head was tired and heavy.”
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“Mom rubbed the back of my neck and we kept walking, away from the kids and the colors and the high-pitched, happy voices. Seeing them made me feel like I was a million miles from anything good. I just got really lonely. I'm not sure why. All those kids smiling and laughing and my mom so fucking clueless and me feeling kinda shitty and high at the same time. All of a sudden, I couldn't figure out what the point was. I couldn't remember what mattered.”
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“​Seeing Dottie and me in that picture, smiling with melty ice cream cones in our hands and the drips running down into our fingers, I started to feel pretty bad. And so I sat down on my new white bed in my new white room and just started rocking. Back and forth and back and forth, until the light faded in the room, and the orange sunlight stripes was brown and the brown boxes disappeared and the white things turned gray and my head was tired and heavy.”
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“Mom rubbed the back of my neck and we kept walking, away from the kids and the colors and the high-pitched, happy voices. Seeing them made me feel like I was a million miles from anything good. I just got really lonely. I'm not sure why. All those kids smiling and laughing and my mom so fucking clueless and me feeling kinda shitty and high at the same time. All of a sudden, I couldn't figure out what the point was. I couldn't remember what mattered.”
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“I am not a smart man, particularly, but one day, at long last, I stumbled from the dark woods of my own, and my family's and my country's past, holding in my hands these truths: that love grows from the rich loam of forgiveness; that mongrels make good dogs; that the evidence of God exists in the roundness of things. This much, at least, I've figured out. I know this much is true.”
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