Ana Somnia →
This is so wonderful! Kayla thinks it’s creepy, but I like it.
My first grade fingers slowly closed in, pressing the bulbous fetus, waiting impatient for the “pop.” It was a slow procedure, gentle, not hip- hop, but ballet, careful like a game of operation. I peeled the five petals back, forcing a premature bloom, the bruised efflorescent blades bleeding into crevices of half gnawed off fingernails. Mama saw my harvest for beauty but she said nothing, because...
Cat in an Empty Apartment
Die—you can’t do that to a cat. Since what can a cat do In an empty apartment? Climb the walls? Rub up against the furniture? Nothing seems different here, But nothing is the same. Nothing has been moved, But there’s more space. And at nighttime no lamps are lit. Footsteps on the staircase, But they’re new ones. The hand that puts fish on the saucer Has changed, too. Something doesn’t start At its...
Primping in the Rearview Mirror
After a solid ten-minute bout of tears, hoping that the Safeway man who stocks the shelves and talked to you once for thirty minutes about specialty jams, won’t ask if you’re all right, or tell you you look like shit and then have to apologize as he remembers that you don’t like cuss words and you don’t date ex-prison guards because you’re married. The truth is you’re afraid this blue-eyed...
Resi Noth Bows Out . . .
Chapter 39 from Kurt Vonnegut’s Mother Night. ‘My only regret,’ Dr. Jones said to the boss G-man there on the cellar stairs, ‘is that I have but one me to give to my country.’ ‘Well see if we can’t dig up some other regrets for you, too,’ said the boss. Now the Iron Guard of the White Sons of the American Constitution crowded in from the furnace room. Some of the guardsmen were...