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Teaching Notes for Surviving in Drought:

Use in the classroom to discuss: segmented narratives; reverse chronology; quick character development; characters who are unrealistic/surreal yet believable/knowable; stories less-driven by (traditional) plot; poetic/economical language; brevity; final sentences/lines; fiction/prose poetry; individual humans and the environment; hopeful dystopia; climate change; gender (roles); people shoved into family or gender situations that don't fit; masculinity; sexual orientation; social conversations about gender, orientation, and marriage; love in times of change; humor; imagination; (sur)realism; "America"; cake mix.

Pairs well with Prehistoric, Mother Tongues, Suburban Folktales (forthcoming).

Surviving In Drought by Brad Aaron Modlin

  • 39 pages. Perfect-bound.

    Fresh water ebbs in the flat lands of the Midwestern near-future, giving way to dried-out clouds and a rolled flood of saltwater seas. What is a house in the face of scarcity and sea rise? How can it contain every love token—every apron, goosefeather, mason jar of earth—and all the hopes they represent? How can mothers and fathers, husbands and wives keep alive their domestic chemistries? Winner of the Cupboard Pamphlet’s Sixth Ever Annual Contest, Brad Aaron Modlin’s Surviving in Drought suggests that even when all is lost to a rising tide, we will still argue in our underwater kitchens, shaking clean our stirring spoons.

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