Nov/Dec 2020 • Vol. XLII No. 6 Nonfiction |

The Burning Bush

. . . I learned They suffer here who sinned in carnal things —  Their reason mastered by desire, suborned.  — Dante, Inferno, Canto V Nora Serafini had a toy cash register made of cheap, painted tin. The register was about one-quarter the size of a real one, but it worked, popping numbers up in a small window, ringing a shrill bell each time the money drawer slid open. Her brothers and I were playing Rock’Em Sock’Em Robots just across the living room. Mark was handling the Blue Bomber while the younger Chris and I alternated turns with the Red Rocker, trying our very best to dislodge our opponent’s grotesque, spring-loaded head. My childhood was steeped in violence and plastic, so the battling robots should have held all of my attention, yet that day I found myself unable to stop glancing over toward Nora, standing at the coffee table, ringing up brightly colored toy fruit for no one in particular. • • The term “forbidden fruit” refers to the prohibi

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Dinty W. Moore is author of the memoir Between Panic & Desire, The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction and many other books. He has published essays and stories in Georgia Review, Harpers, New York Times Magazine, Iowa Review, and elsewhere. He edits Brevity, a journal of flash nonfiction, and lives in Athens, Ohio, where he grows heirloom tomatoes and edible dandelions.

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