I hold Karen Dalton’s music and story close to my chest, and so I’m thrilled to have contributed to this love letter to her: It’s So Hard to Tell Who’s Going to Love You the Best: a Karen Dalton fanzine, published by Syncronised Witches Press. “Canary in a Coalmine” is a piece about trying to find light in the dark. Here’s a little excerpt:
Three of us branched off and talked about our mothers, their deaths, the ineffable impact. I felt lonely as I realized the fear I carried, the effects of grief, the ignited thoughts that can burn up whole days. I revolved my subconscious around time, a quickly draining hourglass, and a fear of both success and demise. I softened, I quieted, and I woke up. In that moment I could feel you—a canary in a coal mine.