“Hourglass” by Clare Beams

In her Willow Springs profile, Clare Beams, writer of ‘Hourglass’ (originally published in WS 68) and former high-school teacher, asks, “What if the idea of shaping others, which is at the heart of my understanding of a teacher’s job, were more literal and sinister? I was interested in taking that kind of language in a darker direction. What kind of tyrant could have that kind of vision, and what kind of student might be tempted by it?”

“Of course,” she adds, “all of this makes the whole process sound much more conscious and calculated than it was. ”

Clare Beams’s fiction has appeared in One Story, Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011, FiveChapters, Hayden’s Ferry, online at n+1, and elsewhere. She held a Graham Fellowship at Columbia, where she received her MFA, and was a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Prose.

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