Cover Photo: Photograph by Pixabay
Photograph by Pixabay

Secret Adoption, Sacrament, and Other Lies That Live in the Body

Will my intestines turn the sacred bread into holy shit, or does the miracle not extend that far into the digestive process?

My father, true to his blue collar roots, derides authority figures of all kinds—executives, government officials, lawyers, the clergy. He was a classic underachiever, the kind of prole who toed the company line in body but never spirit. If he sussed out a shortcut or loophole, best believe he’d take it. Anything to get home a few minutes earlier.

Brian Gresko is the editor of the anthology When I First Held You: 22 Critically Acclaimed Writers Talk About the Triumphs, Challenges, and Transformative Experience of Fatherhood. His writing has appeared in Salon, The Atlantic, The Rumpus, the L.A. Review of Books, and Poets & Writers Magazine, among others. He co-runs the  reading series at Pete's Candy Store in Brooklyn, and teaches for Sackett Street Writing Workshop and Catapult. Brian conducts the Authors in Conversation series for Slice Literary Magazine. Brian received his MFA in Creative Writing from The New School.