Welcome to the Circus

Rhonda Douglas's debut collection dazzles with its daring and dangerous prose. Welcome to the Circus, where every moment is a tight-rope act, precariously balancing on the edge of destruction.
In these stories, a choir processes its collective grief at the loss of one of its members to cancer; a teenage boy marks himself with the poetry of John Donne; God explains the collapse of the cod fishery; Mata Hari stands trial; and two sisters try to reconcile their respective places in the family porn emporium business before everything blows up.
These ten strikingly original stories explore love and escape—how we escape to love, escape through love, and escape ourselves and hold on to love. Together, the stories of Welcome to the Circus highlights the acrobatic circus acts we all learn to perform.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Front Cover 1
Back Cover 2
Title Page 5
Copyright Page 6
Dedication 7
Table of Contents 9
NOUS and RENÉ LÉVESQUE 11
HUMANITARIAN RELIEF 23
LOVE NOTES for EIGHTH GRADE 41
LA RÉPUBLIQUE de FRANCE V. “MATA HARI” 55
STILL LIFE with BOOK 71
SOUNDS of our PALEOLITHIC PAST 91
MONDAY NIGHT at the PORN EMPORIUM 113
WELCOME to the CIRCUS, SOOKY BABY 141
GOD EXPLAINS THE COLLAPSE of the COD FISHERY 157
CANCER ORATORIO 169
Acknowledgements 185
Author Biography 187