A question for Joshua Hagy

Q: If you could have any super power, what would it be?

A: I want the power to always say the right thing at the right time. Flight and super-strength are great, but I teach high school. I get a lot of questions from kids about life that I just can’t answer. Among all the discussion raging about curriculum and distance learning and a million other things, you never really hear anyone talk about how to help the students with what they’re going through. These are kids. Actual human beings. They have good days and bad days and terrible days, and they’re still learning how to cope with it. As adults, we’ve forgotten what it means to be young and learning to face problems and pain. We tend to write their problems off as minor teenage problems that they’ll get over, but they’re dealing with so much more than we realize, and much of it on an adult level they shouldn’t have to experience yet.
We lost a member of our senior class this year. I didn’t have an answer to “Why did this happen?” or “How do I deal with this?” because there are no good answers. How am I supposed to know what to say to them when I still call my parents with the same questions? How am I supposed to help them when I don’t understand, don’t have the slightest idea of what to say to such pain? More than anything, I wish I had the power to always say the right words at the right time.


Joshua Hagy’s story “The Knight Who Carried a Sword in His Heart
in Metaphorosis Friday, 13 January 2023.
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About Joshua Hagy

Joshua Hagy is a writer, high school and college English teacher, yearbook adviser, and theater director living and working in western Virginia. He’s been lucky enough to have been married for nearly 14 years to his wife, Bethany, who has chosen to find his tendency to live inside his imagination amusing. When he isn’t writing or working, Joshua spends his time searching for the perfect taco (he’s already found the perfect pizza).

@The_Hagy23


Joshua Hagy’s story “The Knight Who Carried a Sword in His Heart
in Metaphorosis Friday, 13 January 2023.
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January 2023

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

All the stories from the month, plus author biographies, interviews, and story origins.

Table of Contents

  • Packing List for Oblivion — Cameron Bertron
  • The Knight Who Carried a Sword in His Heart — Joshua Hagy
  • We, You, and the Gallery — Alex Penland
  • The Zoo Diaries I — Frances Pauli

Cover art by Carol Wellart.

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