These lines work because memory and love, respectively, are (to put it mildly) fraught, and overburdened with assumptions. Cruelty, when deployed with this kind of uncompromising, declarative honesty, evades cliché. And this cruelty is often mitigated by moments of uncanny grace.
The Sewanee Review congratulates all of the 2020 Guggenheim Fellows. We're thrilled that three of this year's fellows--Michael Dickman, Stacy Kranitz, and Garth Greenwell--have appeared in the Review's pages.