Heart Flight

By Christopher Locke

Illustrated by Christian Paniagua

What is the best way to show your love?

For Leroy the Kite, it’s by flying high above his boy Kyle on Sunday afternoons. Kyle looks forward to spending that day with his mom and dad far from the cramped city; it’s the one day a week they can relax amongst the rolling green hills and share a country picnic. But most of all, Leroy and Kyle both look forward to being free: Leroy sailing up past the birds and the clouds, and Kyle right below imagining he’s flying beside him.

Poetic and poignant, Heart-Flight reminds all of us of the value found in true friendship, and the joy of ‘flying free’.


About the Author

Christopher Locke is the Nonfiction Editor at Slice magazine in Brooklyn. His essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Islands, Parents, Spoonful, The American Spectator, Maine Home + Design, Nowhere and many others.

His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such magazines as The North American Review, The Southeast Review, Poetry East, Verse Daily, Southwest Review, The Literary Review, The Sun, Connecticut Review, West Branch, Arc (Canada), Gargoyle, The SHOp (Ireland), upstreet, Agenda (England), and twice each on NPR’s Morning Edition and Ireland’s Radio One. Locke has five collections of poetry published: How to Burn (Adastra Press—1995), Slipping Under Diamond Light (Clamp Down Press—2002) Possessed (Main Street Rag—2005), End of American Magic (Salmon Poetry—2010), and Waiting for Grace & Other Poems (2013—Turning Point). His collection of essays and poems detailing his travels through Mexico and Central America, Ordinary Gods, is forthcoming with Salmon in 2017.

Locke has received over a dozen grants, fellowships, and awards for his poetry including two Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Awards, state grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, a Fellowship from Fundacion Valparaiso, (Spain), and three Pushcart Prize nominations.

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