Robert C. Hardin

My father liked to say that I’d always been impossible to find. During birth, he recalled, I couldn’t be extracted with forceps. No one could see me, so I made my own way out of my mother. The midwife only located me aft...

Robert C. Hardin

The experience of bliss means different things to different people. For this frustratingly former arranger and studio keyboard player, euphoria is conditioned by the search for perfect sounds. To me, bliss means the slow...

Robert C. Hardin

Cirrhosis isn’t half as bad As maladies you might have had. A failing liver strains the muscles But liberates the red corpuscles. When voided kidneys soak one’s dollies, Relief, like spasms, comes in volleys. Rope-...

Robert C. Hardin

Being the Recollections of a Late Inmate (1931–1946) of the Dalmarnock Asylum for Children in Glasgow, Scotland The eyes were what changed and flayed me above all else—the eyes or, rather, the doll’s eye...

Robert C. Hardin

(hav’ na byn compos’d by Byffe, Bairn an’ Nagel, nae dead a’ sea)2 Aie, nae, dance th’ auld dag-a-man leanty3 Er mae yer goggles a-cyrl, An’ slag-a-mum4 dyne On th’ bulgewark o’ thyne, Wharfor’...

Robert C. Hardin

Her loveliness grew to encompass her gentleness as the span of Heaven is multiplied by the depth of its city of souls. Leah Hardin was a woman who treasured her family above all else. Long after desire and ambition had be...

Robert C. Hardin

Merthiolate After failing to kill myself for the eighteenth time, I decided to be more positive. Why focus on failure? I thought. Why not appreciate the character added by damage to my once-perfect body? But despite the p...