Sub Rosa

Sub Rosa, this production’s title, is a term I came across writing/developing this piece. Despite assuming I was somewhat versed (excuse me please, pronounced–ahem–with two syllables) in the English language… I had no familiarity with sub rosa.

A lookup online via pop-uppable sources (i.e. explained sub rosa means under the rose in Latin. Yes, yes. But in modern parlance — “confidentially,'” “privately,” or “secretly.” I felt good energy, also dark energy coming from the term. So there we have it — slapped right on.

It seemed important to say all that. Now I’m questioning if it was, but anyways… about the story itself:

This is about a middle-aged woman recalling a teen experience during an early 90s summer, and also, for her, a time in the shadow of 1982. Main character “Elizabeth,” shares from the current day first-person. Sub Rosa is recalled via memories in the cities of Knoxville and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

The picture above is of the “Sunsphere,” a testament from the 1982 World’s Fair, held in Knoxville. (Picture credit:

Original The Attentionist audio production © Geoffrey Little 2023


The picture above is of the “Sunsphere,” a legacy of the 1982 World’s Fair, held in the Knoxville. (Picture credit:


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