By Kathryn Mockler

Kathryn Mockler is a writer, poet, and screenwriter. She is the author of the poetry books The Purpose Pitch (Mansfield Press, Spring 2015), The Saddest Place on Earth (DC Books, 2012), and Onion Man (Tightrope Books, 2011). Currently, she is the Toronto editor of Joyland: a hub for short fiction, and the publisher of the online literary and arts journal The Rusty Toque.

  1. The boy is dead, and we will spend the rest of the story trying to find out why and what happened and how it affected the people in the boy’s life. The boy came from a family of indifference. While he is somewhat missed, his parents were able to get on with their lives fairly quickly after his death because they simply didn’t pay all that much attention to him while he was alive. His…