Category Archives: Poetry

what I did wrong

after Marie Howe pulled the girl’s braid, then pulled it again – smashed the window, smashed the frame after tipping the cow off its stand with my pinkie – let the child hide too long then forgot her, let the … Continue reading

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quarantine

I remember you as three melting ice cubes on my chin after a bee sting, I lay the stinger down preciously so there will be no death in vain tonight. I lie awake counting my teeth from the inside chomping … Continue reading

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sext

the year ended with the month of the screaming parrots in the morning. I cried two long rivers to put out the fire burning the town beneath our feet. I remember you as smoke filling a room. I bruised when … Continue reading

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today I am tired

today I am crying over spoiled milk and the time I let a tarantula crawl into my hand. I remember the fur intertwining with my arm hair when I wake in the middle of the night. I listen to the … Continue reading

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We Should Stay Here

David looked at the enlarged black and white image of his wife, the last taken exposure of her during their tragic Easter holiday the year before. He held it close, squinting for some detail he might have missed from one … Continue reading

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Two Truths About Fishing

A fisherman, swathed in a poncho, trolls the water’s edge. Morning rain pocks the water, splatters off the gunnels, the ballcap, the fiberglass. The boat moves quietly, barely creasing the surface of the lake. Overhead the limbs of oaks, usually … Continue reading

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The Christian

for Caleb Goh, married in San Diego, in December, 2017. Cries from Within, his father’s text on sex- change surgery, titled his graduate thesis on carving out a Singaporean voice in musical theater, the all-American art. He had been writing … Continue reading

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