“I could hear my heart beating. I could hear everyone's heart. I could hear the human noise we sat there making, not one of us moving, not even when the room went dark.”​  - Raymond Carver 

Welcome to Human Noise Journal, where we publish pieces that will make you think about what the human experience is. We publish works that are multifaceted and innovative. Mostly, we want to give authors a place to publish work that might not be typical and needs a home. Take a look around and enjoy !

Beth Ann Fennelly, Poet Laureate of Mississippi, teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Mississippi, where she was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year. She’s won grants and awards from the N.E.A., the United States Artists, a Pushcart, and a Fulbright to Brazil. Fennelly has published three poetry books: Open House, Tender Hooks, and Unmentionables, a book of nonfiction, Great with Child, and The Tilted World, a novel she co-authored with her husband, Tom Franklin. Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs will be published by Norton in fall ‘17. Fennelly and Franklin live in Oxford with their three children.

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You’re Not Supposed to Mention the Girl Who Disappeared 

By Elizabeth Bruce

You’re not supposed to mention the girl who disappeared.

Driving home from work that night on the one lonely stretch of road after you come off the causeway over the bayou before the Esso station appears.

You don’t want to remind people that that kind of thing happens here, that we’re not safe after all here in God’s country where right minded people hold no truck with those Yankee thieves and hooligans out to snatch all your money and freedom and righteousness.

Nope, you don’t want to bring that up ‘cause, you know, he was one of ours, the one who did it, son of this same place that brought you Kay Bailey Hutchison the Senator and the great Miami Dolphin Norman Bulaich. Our sweet little one-horse town with its pretty French name that that French lady from the railroad station a hundred years ago gave to our little buttermilk junction.

No siree Bob, you don’t want to say nothing about that poor dead gal to folks round here.

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