Category Archives: Reprint

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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Window

Liver and onions, potato salad, bologna sandwiches…these were the things we called “dinner.” Our dog, Lunch, never came when called. I’d stand on the stoop at twilight and shout until I sounded like pack-a-day Uncle Jay, but still, my homework … Continue reading

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Discipline

June 1953, the second-floor classroom is motionless in the heat. Miss Johnson balances the long white wooden pole above us. The muscles of her short thick arms are knotted; moisture thickens on her upper lip. She hooks the pole end … Continue reading

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