Bigger than heaven

‘The past is a place that fades from your mind as you drive steadily into the darkness ahead. When you leave your mother, or your childhood, there is no return; instead, you find some way to forge ahead, to remake whatever has been unmade and to strip away those parts of yourself that threaten the life you’ve patched together.’

In his piece from Griffith Review 55: State of Hope, ‘Bigger than heaven’, Shannon Burns struggles to come to terms with his vain and violent mother, and his dysfunctional childhood in Elizabeth North.

Shannon Burns lives in Adelaide with his wife and two sons.

Griffith Review