Thom Conroy
Contributor History

Thom Conroy
Thom Conroy is the author of two novels, The Salted Air and The Naturalist (both Penguin Random House). He is the editor of the essay collection Home (Massey University Press). His short fiction has also been recognized by Best American Short Stories and received various awards, including the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction and the Sunday Star Times Short Fiction Competition. He is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Massey University in New Zealand.



In Print

Vol. 75
Dispatches from Solitude
Fall 2020
Edited by Bradford Morrow


January 27, 2021
Here we are, then, in a typical Mediterranean village, sometime between the end of the last world war and shortly before the next one begins. There’s no obvious reason to think trouble is imminent. In the eyes of an ordinary tourist, everything looks lovely: the colorful, lopsided buildings packed on hillsides above the sea, the slopes lined with abundant vineyards and olive groves, the flowery vines spilling over fences. How could anyone not be happy here?
January 19, 2021
. . . a well-perfumed friend, wise both
in the olfactory and in love, taught me
to spray with economy, to wear scent
as a private pleasure, evident only to
a lover in kissing distance.

January 11, 2021
One’s opportunities to be unhappy are

Unlimited.     Or limited, but only by

One’s own imagination, which is powerful

But fragile, is defenseless,     but is limited

Only by things unseen.     As Bark Psychosis did it