The Places I Couldn’t Go

The Places I Couldn’t Go

My good girl and me was happy as goldfish till she got pregnant. She would handle it. We agreed. This was where the smart money was. She was in two-year college, and we was both busted. Who could pay for a car seat? I caught the bus to work But she switched up outside...
Beer at the Lake

Beer at the Lake

You are the odd mom out, the one who doesn’t hang with the pack of moms, the one they don’t really get. You are standing at the lip of the swimming lake. It is a family camp in the summer, you are there with your husband, your kid’s schoolmates,...
FUCHSIA MAROON TIMBERWOLF

FUCHSIA MAROON TIMBERWOLF

How full the walls are, teeming with paintings that he isn’t sure deserve to be called that. How he fed her, all her life. How her mother had to return to the workforce because he was adrift and they needed health care. How, as he doled out little bayous of...
ACT QUIK

ACT QUIK

After my dog George ran away, I sat on the couch and watched five minutes of the Cavs game, then decided I should go find him. I put my jacket and scarf on. I stood outside and whistled, and he didn’t come. I walked out in the cold. The wind off the lake was heavy and...
Perforated Caterpillars

Perforated Caterpillars

Surrounded by a burgundy interior, Clem and his grandmother are stopped in the high speed lane in dead stop traffic. Between Clem’s feet is a medium soda with no ice and a bag full of fries. He’s eating a burger next to his grandmother, still wearing her nurse’s...
Away

Away

When the inflatable bouncy castle I’m jumping in with a handful of five-year-olds is lifted off the ground by a gust of wind, I think of my cousin Garnet and her story of being snatched by a hawk. Six years ago, when we were twelve, we were both sent to Camp Spruce in...
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