“The thought occurred to me that he must have been a lovable man,” she
wrote. “I sat in Mrs. Schoenfeld’s class and I felt that I loved him.”
A different moment moved me, but my response was the same.
Robert Cochran teaches and directs the Center for Arkansas
and Regional Studies at the University of Arkansas. He mostly
writes, coauthors, and edits books for university presses, but his
essays, poems, and stories have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Georgia Review, Kenyon Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, New Orleans Review, and the Quarterly, among others.