"Between Two Storms." The Journal, Volume 30, Number 1. Spring/Summer 2006
Marsha Recknagel’s essay “Between Two Storms” reflects on Hurricane Katrina’s psychological impact. Recknagel, whose family, friends, memoir and life’s milestones are, or were, all rooted in New Orleans, now finds her sense of self and identity lost somewhere between past and present tense and frets over what geographic devastation means to a person for who, like her Southern culture, “the past is never the past,” but always the present. —New Pages
"When You Walk from This Room." Columbia: a journal, Issue 42. Fall 2005.
I asked the Ouija board so often: What will I be? A mother. A wife. A teacher. A writer. I believed if I believed that it would happen, that I could have it - my future - word by word. I live now by my fingertips, typing, retyping, trying to tell how it is to me.Telling stories doesn't make them true, and it doesn't make them come true. Day after day after Kelly's accident, I went into that classroom, carrying the weight of all that was missing. One day after class I instructed them, "Now when you walk out of this womb..." Not one of them caught my slip of the tongue. I was both glad and sad that no one had yet learned to pay close attention to each and every way it is revealed, as if by maglc, that you always know more than you think you know.