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December Journal: Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The sky clears its mind of day-lit thoughts and opens wide to rush the moon in. Unapologetic cascades of noiseless light etch eaves and walls, in parallelograms on lawn after lawn, black and gray, and draw utility poles and their … Continue reading

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From Kimchi to Char Kway Teow: A Love Story

Not too long ago, or actually, four years ago, I sniffed at the crimson-streaked fermented cabbage. I tentatively and slowly examined those unnaturally rounded metal spoons characteristic of only Korean restaurants. I marveled with the fresh realization that little dishes … Continue reading

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Monsters

We snuck away in the middle of the night, staying off the main roads, cutting through yards and alleys until we reached the safe house. Mom had hastily packed a few changes of clothes for us in preparation, careful to … Continue reading

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Self-Portrait, as a Watercourse

Not a teacher, not married, twenty years ago —was I this person I am now? At Mass in those days, the Creed’s words filled my mouth and like parakeets flew happily out. My heart was in it. In those days, … Continue reading

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Through the Reeds

The ferryman says he’ll take us through the reeds, as if he knew the way. He shrugs when asked. We drive through currents and canyons, glaciers, fog, the song of a wren. Turns out, it’s a journey through time itself, … Continue reading

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Margaret

She had swallowed loads but the red-tipped curving magnet weighed down like a magic stone She felt attracted to lampposts, scaffolding, golf clubs anything long, grey tasting of blood Sucking a paperclip fingering a coin, she slinked past every shop … Continue reading

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Stutter

They would all stutter their words if they could talk. The tablecloth would twitch, torn and tapered under itself, covering a first and only finish. The chairs would mumble about the carving into of its legs by prams pushed by … Continue reading

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