The harp sits in the corner gathering dust, ever since Petra’s dog Maisy got spooked by rustling in the cornfield. A possum? A snake? Petra had reached down to calm the marble-eyed […]
Mom had already signed me up to be a candy striper by the time she and O’Toole picked me up at Robinson Memorial. “You need to think about those less fortunate,” […]
The first day of Playwriting 320, I open the door to the classroom and nod hello to fourteen students with expectant faces, weird garb, new tattoos. Earlier today, I considered asking my TA […]
Ann smelled the elephant before she saw it. Then a mud-grey foot swung past and just ahead, landing to her left. The drover passed, and the tail of the elephant whisked […]
Excerpt from The Odyssey and Dr. Novak There are in our existence spots of time, Which with distinct preeminence retain A renovating Virtue … (Wordsworth The Prelude) ENGLAND 1946–1953 This is where the odyssey […]
Kepler made a decision. He looked up from the sidewalk and stepped directly on a crack. He was twenty-three years old and it was time to grow up. It felt good, a load off, […]
I spent seconds sharing the stage with him in my minor role, hours in the darkened wings watching him perform in the light. He came from Switzerland. He spoke at […]
Dear Cousin , I miss you very much. My life now has purpose, but your absence continues to be so very hard to accept. I know things are just like the song […]
from a novel in progress The Harris Suites crumbled slowly on the back strip of Virginia Beach. Alex paused and looked up at the bleached yellow paint of the façade. In […]
My Anger Tours the State Capitol
There were once a girl and a boy who lay on a hill of gravel kissing until their lips were raw. Kissing was the best thing that had ever happened to the boy […]
The Dahlberg Repercussions The woman on the subway looked like my mother so I sat down next to her and said you look like my mother.
Home is Where the Heart Is Mary Beth Strictly speaking, as a licensed practical nurse (LPN), it is not my job to manage the table décor, but I do it because I’m […]
Migraines for Hegel You have never known love until your introduction to structuralism.
What It Said I texted my mother the night before that I’d be at the house not too late and not too early. Cut from the dark sky bled a pastel pink […]
Burning Mountains There was a space station on the news that summer and some mention of the moons of Jupiter and the asteroid belt.
Two Pieces The Space Between: A Meditation My brain works in spurts: There are two hemispheres and a space between. The space between is filled with synapses, junctions that jump from […]