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Going To Work

We roll sleepily across the Lake Street Bridge as orchestras of mist rise from the river’s muddy sleep, telling different songs every day. * * * Close your eyes. Today will tell a story dull and witless as any other. Why read that book?

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Espresso At The Execution

No clue in those eyes. They crack all these smooth faces like freezing blood blows out a vein. Sitting hard on hard wood, he clenches and unclenches as if he were kneading the soft stupid clay of your brain. His back snaps straight as the voltage of his voice, stronger than you thought, clenches your […]

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Deer Opener: Lake Carlos State Park

"Beauty should be edible or not at all." -Salvador Dali In the campground the air is stiff as the twisted black oaks: From each hangs a cloudy-eyed carcass. Guns fire in the distance no louder than twigs snapping beneath moccasins. In a cave at Lascaux, France, 17,000 years ago, a ragged priest kneeled, dabbed his […]

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Death Therapy

The sky rescinds itself, calls back the birds, forgets the color blue. Snow falls like arsenic, strikes rebellion in the river’s blood. Bellsong shatters in the cold, and the air hates everything, including you. Mouth full of fear, you spit petals of poisonous white flowers in the face of the machine. Hot scream, stink of […]

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Changing Your Name

They came calling for your father, for your brother. Shades drawn, your mother searched a thousand fading postmarks for a name, a promise, a paper boat to sail to America. Standing at the docks, you hold out your passport stamped “Stadtlos.” You. Just like the silly old men in black hats and sidelocks, shuffling around […]

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Changing Your Name

They came calling for your father, for your brother. Shades drawn, your mother searched a thousand fading postmarks for a name, a promise, a paper boat to sail to America. Standing at the docks, you hold out your passport stamped “Stadtlos.” You. Just like the silly old men in black hats and sidelocks, shuffling around […]

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