Pluming smoke, pupils like myrrh, lavender eyes, sage skin, grenache lips, a tongue of tannin with a gravel finish. The record spins, the needle placed, it’s just now catching. I’m laying on a beige carpet, bonded to it like velcro, staring at the eggshell white, popcorn ceiling. My body’s become a cauldron of amorphous fumes, the
She came to me in the end of night wearing the stems and leaves of a sword fern, adorned in cockle shells, her hair sprinkling black sands, her eyes like moons, her hands swaying and caressing like the rolling mounds past dry gulch. She came to me after as the birds started
Life is the river your father drowned in When the tailings dike failed, Or his friend died in the mineshaft, Or some such thing that your mother won’t say. It is lunchtime in the house that smells of cigarettes and mildewed laundry and damp basement, ashes wafting from the polyolefin
Have you ever forced your own soundtrack over top of the TV news headphones in ears blocking out assault by political commentary making pundits move their lips in sync with the beat their arms waving, their eyes shouting, their mouths, futile. They are tragic figures of speech, Silenced.
“The ferry’s loading right now,” announces my nephew, Lucas, looking down at the time on his phone. He is strapped into the front passenger seat beside me as we hurtle down the narrow, winding highway like the lead cart in a roller coaster. I am driving as fast as I safely can on the curving, rolling road. A few times I cross over the yellow and white lines to cut a corner but
Despair and bitter humor in the mountains that civilization forgot; punitive nit-picking by ninnies, and the lesson of being late to the party The forum was a small-town affair yet symbolic of our national humor. It was organized by two women: one with extensive experience, and one who dabbled. One had
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