Volume One Special Coverage: Pulling Together While Staying Apart


After Watching an Elvis Documentary

Candace Hennekens

I met him in a bar, nineteen, home from college
on winter break, same as he.  On dates, we drank

draft beer from glasses, played pool. At his sister’s
venison feed, he showed me off to relatives.

He drove us to Bear Den Road in the city park
to talk, listen to the radio, and neck for hours.

He never went too far.  His car’s heater was hot
like his kisses.  I could feel the muscles in his arms,

like steel, protecting me.  I was crazy in love with him.
After awhile, he wanted me to say that Jesus

was my savior.  I wouldn’t, couldn’t.  Even then, I knew.
The only thing that would save me from me was myself.

Candace Hennekens is a writer, artist, and sewer living on the banks of the Eau Claire River.  Her short book of poems, photos, and chicken facts titled "Rented Chickens" is available at The Local Store

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Pulling Together Partners

The following organizations are currently supporting Volume One’s work in the community during the pandemic:

Lasker Jewelers

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire

Downtown Eau Claire Inc DECI

University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

Pablo Group

Wisconsin Independent Network

Middle West Management

Bon Iver

Royal Credit Union

Silver Spring

Evergreen Surgical

Charter Bank

The Murty Henriksen Family

The Larry and Marie Past Family

The Dan and Kerry Kincaid Family

Anton and Rae Schilling-Smets

Brady and Jeanne Foust

If your organization is interested in supporting Volume One during this difficult time, nick@volumeone.orgcontact us.