Honyockers is a dark, aesthetic narrative spotlighting the themes of homelessness, mental illness, and abuse. Honyockers gives a physical, ineludible embodiment to issues society tends to sweep to the corners of social consciousness.
Carolyn is as used to slinking unnoticed into the shadows as the coyotes who cloak themselves in the crags of the Utah canyons. She prefers it that way.
On a road trip with her husband, Dave, they make a quick pit stop in Scipio, a tiny borderless town whose insignificance on a map belies its powerful name. Carolyn soon finds herself stranded, and she is forced to acknowledge her own inconsequence, something she has long numbly acquiesced. Now, forsaken in Scipio, the vestige of a famous warrior and today nearly forgotten, Carolyn faces the actuality of a life hidden in the daylight.
Kelly L. Simmons’s Scipio, published in Dime Show Review and a 2018 Pushcart-prize nominee, explores the sequestration and loneliness of a character consigned to her own powerlessness in a town that mirrors a faded potential.
Nominated for a 2018 Pushcart Prize.