Winter 2024 • Vol. XLVI No. 1 2023 Nonfiction Contest |

Lowest of the Low on a High Red Hill

The Kenyon Review · "Lowest of the Low on a High Red Hill" by Carrie Cogan I rode west with a childhood friend who was driving to a job in California. We passed through Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and still there was no sign of the Commander. My friend placed a bag of chocolate-covered espresso beans on the console between us, jumble of rich dark gems, glittering like they were wet. I crunched them in my teeth without thinking. Sometimes I drove and let her sleep. When clouds clotted the sun her hair still glowed, some mix of orange and yellow and pink. Toast, or the honey for it, or the cinnamon.   After we spent a day and a night in a certain desert town, I told my friend to go on without me. I’d stay. The town was bordered by empty hills and endless sky: room to disappear. I found an unopened pack of Juicy Fruit gum on the sidewalk, which I took for a sign.  My friend seemed reluctant to leave me there. Her hug was tight, for a shy person. When I pulle

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Carrie Cogan’s work has appeared in AGNI, Nimrod, Louisiana Literature, and elsewhere. She is a past recipient of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Fiction Prize, Nimrod’s Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, and the First Pages Prize. She was awarded a 2022 MacDowell Fellowship to work on her first novel. Cogan lives with her sons on an island in British Columbia.

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