Daryl Farmer is the author of BICYCLING BEYOND THE DIVIDE, which received a Barnes and Noble Discover Award and was a Colorado Book Award finalist and WHERE WE LAND, a collection of short stories. His recent work has appeared in The Whitefish Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Gingerbread House. He is an associate professor at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks where he is director of the creative writing program.
by Daryl Farmer Bookstores, for me, are sacred spaces and it's my practice to visit them wherever I go, even in countries where I don't speak the language. I hold the books in my hands, open them, look at words I don't understand. In Quito, Ecuador, we - my wife Joan and I - discovered...
Because the Stars
The flowers are orange...
As boys, we ran wild. Creeping back alleys, cutting through neighborhood yards, hurling crabapples at cars from safe concealment behind trees and hills and night. The park near our house had a stagecoach in the playground. We chased away the younger boys and rode like movie Western cowboys, shooting-down Indians as we hurtled madly down the dusty tumbleweed roads.
He feels the creaking in his aged knees as he ascends the steps onto the porch upon his return from a walk that had found him, despite the autumn rain, passing the beachside park where his habit had long been to turn around, but instead, today he had walked into the town on the other...
Dusk when the plane lifts, and I look down at the country below. Cross hatched land in colors of brown and green, a dull red barn with a silver roof. This flight is carrying me back to where everything began. Home, though that word is a complicated one for me.
The Apple Valley Review is a semiannual online literary journal. It features fiction, poetry, and essays by emerging and established writers.