This year the bushes in the backyard are heavy with red currant clusters. They are ready to harvest. I will snip the fruit clusters into a colander, then give it a moment for the spiders to withdraw. The simmered fruit, strained of stems and seeds, cooks into a tart rich red syrup.
Author: Kim K. McCrea
Kim K. McCrea earned her BA in English before embarking on a career in technology and public service. Kim won Oregon Writers Colony 2018 essay award, Treefort’s 2017 Wild West Writing Prize, and was named runner-up in Cutbank 2018 Big Sky/Small Prose contest. Her creative nonfiction is featured in Cutbank, Tishman Review, Cagibi, and elsewhere; she is the author of the novel Pandora's Last Gift. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Kim lives in Oregon, where she studies the moon and stars and wanders with her Labrador in the rain.
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