Tilt Toward the Sun
fiction by Rick Van Noy
Even before his time on the ladders, he used to walk the railroad bridge, timing it for when the trains had passed. In the river below, he would scout for holes. Beneath the water and above the rumpled cobble, he would spy finny shadows. And then he would return to that spot, wading up to his chest.
Rick Van Noy has taught English and writing at Radford University for 25 years and is the author of several books, including Sudden Spring: Stories of Adaptation in a Climate-Changed South (Univ. of Georgia P, 2019), one of Book Riot’s best environmental books for readers who want to save the planet. His work has appeared in Orion, Creative Nonfiction, Terrain.org, Yes!, Blue Ridge Country, Watershed, Cold Mountain Review, and Iron Mountain Review.