Category Archives: Reprint

Touchpool

It’s a supervised visitation, a controlled contact. – Two fingers only, in the center of the back! – Put your whole hand in the water, and wait! calls the zookeeper. The rays flow past in their elegant capes. Their eyes … Continue reading

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Immaculate Reception

These days, she would have been famous, Screamed at us from every headline, Her every move avidly tracked By the paparazzi. Pose. Snap. No star but hers would have guided The wise men to her sponsored bed In the best … Continue reading

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Infidelity

Lunchtime and the city releases us, gasping for unrecycled air but lungs filling with smog, today’s egg sandwiches already gone soggy, while the plaza is packed by slim cut suits and ties. Traffic swerves and screeches, the acrid tang of … Continue reading

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The Dinner Table

After a while I forget how to speak with my hands. Years since. I eat with spoon and fork at the table, sometimes on the floor. Go through glasses of water just to feel full again. I stain the table … Continue reading

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Hang Fire

Here is almost home: grouted             white tiles settling like a heartbeat while I wait for the doctors             to call me back. Picking at chipped nails and listing promises that probably             never mattered, but I can’t say for sure. Now I … Continue reading

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How Long We May Have Pause

And sometimes one goes to an art museum if only to feel like someone who goes to art museums. And they pause in front of the appropriate paintings but they catch up to themselves and end up by the pottery. … Continue reading

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Airport Relativity

First person and present tense must strike you as odd— how I could both greet and record your emergence from this crowd of funneled souls, recount details that never occurred, at least not regarding your arriving at 4:10, then 5:25, … Continue reading

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Flip Requiem

Only black-and-tan clumps cling anymore to our oaks (raking finally making sense), which stand silent as pickets this side of winter’s no-longer fierce or precise approach. I’m over a father’s death, an angry mother’s postmortem reach (though there it is … Continue reading

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The White Hen Pantry’s Last Green Pepper

She takes the waxy mass of green from its cool wire rack. Outside, she throws the sack into the parking lot where it dances on the hot concrete. She tosses her find into sunlight, squeezes it with pulsing rhythm, feels … Continue reading

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Going Back

Can a chair hand made from poplar make me whole? We scour for the one-of-a-kind, crafted with the visionary’s eye. Spirits reach out in Lick Creek, Nauvoo, New Harmony. At dusk, we join deer drawn by trust into open fields— … Continue reading

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Sjögren’s Syndrome

Anything begins with water: the mouth of the Euphrates, villages, city-states, empires, all our ideas gathered, passed down, one place, another, now and later. And stays alive as well: cell, tributary, heart. The body a creek bed thirsty for a … Continue reading

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Anomalies

…for everything flowers from within, of self-blessing; though sometimes it is necessary to reteach a thing its loveliness…                         —Galway Kinnell In the endless mall of Florida—a French patisserie run by French people. Birds flit for crumbs. Sherbet umbrellas beckon Town … Continue reading

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Adequacy

After Thom Gunn When we wake in the night with the sheets tangled round our legs, we switch the light on/off without a sound, just checking to make sure who lies beside us here. Love grows by exploring the boundaries … Continue reading

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On Being Gay In Yemasee

I’ll never forget us entraining this freight at dusklight to escape cabbage farms, rusted barns and Bible-barkers who stumble through starrified nights. Will our fear follow us? We poach peaches off pallets and lick juicedrips off our lips like it’s … Continue reading

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Tryst

The secret to sin is to do it in secret. We learned secrecy young— two girls taught to swallow our hunger— so we meet up at nightfall once the last lights have gone out. We walk down the roads, cursing … Continue reading

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Faith

I knew the dying was coming— knew her heart struck twelve because I couldn’t sleep, could only gaze out at the hallway, past my door as it creaked on its hinges, the wind outside the open window running its hands … Continue reading

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April Morning with Cicadasong

And still I’m traipsing through the fields of wildflowers and grass and foxtails. Beyond these fields are more fields and then more and then the cloudless sky. Bees hovering around coral-colored blooms, I make my way to the river, crowned … Continue reading

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On Overcoming Gamophobia

Since your silence scares me, be roadkill, be oil spill, be the elevator that stalled on its way down. Let me learn to love the quiet; let’s learn to speak without noise. And since I despise tight spaces, locked doors, … Continue reading

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Planetarium Janitor

The projector’s clicking eyes hold the only dust he’s not to touch. Powdered soap clouds the water bucket like the Milky Way the sky as he mops the aisles. Ten years have taught him which levers to pull to starlight … Continue reading

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Multiverses

On August 3, Denora friend requested me on Facebook. On August 8, Denora followed me on Instagram and Twitter. On August 14, Denora invited me to join her LinkedIn network. On August 15, Denora winked at me on Match. What … Continue reading

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Parade

She knew the directions by heart: Apply moisturizer. Apply foundation Apply Dermablend under eyes in patting motion and blend into surrounding skin. Finally, set with powder. The first time he gave her the black eye the makeup worked. No one … Continue reading

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Chosen

Travis, your cousin, showed you how to masturbate. You were both ten. No one was at home. It was February and rainy. Travis pulled the curtains closed in the TV room and sat next to you on the couch. He … Continue reading

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The placenta of evening stars

After Jim Morrison Children are born navigators. The have crossed torrid wetlands, Slept in tombs full of water, Made love with the dark Before they open eyes and see The mutiny of mundane days, Waiting for the dying Of their … Continue reading

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A Natural History of the United States

Primarily there were rocks, the silicates: quartz, (we’ll list them), feldspars – orthoclase packed in pegmatites made up a vast expanse, trace elements: copper, nickel, twisted knobs of gold in hematite. Obviously, there was water. For example, observe the canyons, … Continue reading

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While I prepare lunch, my lover sulks

He’s been clouding over for a couple of days now. If only the storm were breaking. I am 45 and fed up. While I am cubing the onions he opens another beer. I wipe my nose and cheeks with the … Continue reading

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