Maybe This Is Something After All by Adrienne Marie Barrios and Leigh Chadwick

Leigh Chadwick listens to “Step” by Vampire Weekend while driving to the Orange Hat. She’s two miles south of Clinch River when she sees the bluest bird. She doesn’t know its name. Leigh Chadwick asks Adrienne Barrios, What is the name of the bird so blue it is a pastel that has been given wings? Adrienne Barrios tells her there is no name, that it is known as the only thing in this world that wasn’t a mistake. Leigh Chadwick disagrees. Leigh Chadwick can think of at least one more thing that wasn’t a mistake. That sometimes mistakes are mistakes, and other times, mistakes are life itself — all curly tops and orange blossoms and record players. After finishing “Step,” Leigh Chadwick puts on “Lua.” The sun can't tell if it wants to set. Adrienne Barrios never knows when it's time to get ready for bed. She never wants to disappear until it's too late.


Adrienne Marie Barrios is the editor-in-chief of Reservoir Road Literary Review and CLOVES Literary and author of the collaborative poetry collection Too Much Tongue (Autofocus, 2022), co-written with Leigh Chadwick. Her work has appeared in trampset, Passages North, Sledgehammer Lit, and Identity Theory, among others. She edits award-winning novels and short stories. Find her on Twitter at @AdrienneMarie_ and online at

Leigh Chadwick is the author of the poetry collection Your Favorite Poet (Malarkey Books, 2022) and the collaborative poetry collection Too Much Tongue (Autofocus, 2022), co-written with Adrienne Marie Barrios. Her poetry has appeared in Salamander, Passages North, The Indianapolis Review, and Hobart, among others. She is a regular contributor at Olney Magazine, where she conducts the "Mediocre Conversations" interview series. Find her on Twitter at @LeighChadwick5.


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