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My Heartbreak

Heartbroken.  I lean back against the black velvet seat of my heartbreak, run my fingers across the rosewood dashboard. When I touch the accelerator, my heartbreak whines to life and rolls forward with the dignity… Read More »My Heartbreak

The Waiting

Richard slid three quarters into the vending machine and weighed his options. There weren’t many. He hadn’t bought anything from one of these machines in a long time. Prices shocked him. $3 for a candy… Read More »The Waiting

Three Poems

Linoleum Daydreams Summers, and apples and cricketsand skies rolled out like flattened dough,just a sprinkling of flour in the evening. These sugar-crystal kitchen nights I spent with you, Mother, not with the menand their machines. Not with the boys playing dress… Read More »Three Poems

My Hula Girl

At first, Sturgis liked telling Thornton the story. He’d been living at the Pedro Point parking lot with his dog since last winter. The best he’d found since they’d been forced from the lot at… Read More »My Hula Girl

Shikata ga nai

In 1934, the snow-covered Sierras peeking over a brown rampart of foothills looked close enough to touch. Our strawberry fields shimmered in the summer heat. Grape trellises shaded tongue-in-groove walls, but the little yellow house… Read More »Shikata ga nai

The Treachery

(after Renée Cox’s “Yo Mama’s Last Supper”) Renée Cox’s “Yo Mama’s Last Supper” is a full-color five panel photographic installation that features twelve men at a banquet table with the artist herself standing, nude, in… Read More »The Treachery