We recently published Audra Kerr Brown’s stunning “The Men Here.”
Here, we ask her two questions about her story:
1) I love the playful language and imagery in this piece — the idea of these men growing from trees and then “wagon-wheeling” away after being shaken down is so fun and lovely! What was your inspiration for this story?
I had a vintage photo in my computer files. I don’t know how it got there. I don’t remember putting it there, but I would look at it from time to time, this picture of men in suits sitting in the branches of an enormous tree, and I knew I wanted to write about it. Fortunately, I took one of Sarah Freligh’s writing classes and she coaxed the story out of me. I need deadlines and gentle mentorship to get anything done, it seems.
2) That final image is such a great one, the men scattering like seeds on the wind. Do you think they ever take root? Or will they always, always roam?
They’ll always roam. And since they always roam, they won’t plant their seed and that will be the sad ending of the man trees.