Moon

Moon

    Though I live blocks from my friend, Cee’s, I’m pretty sure I’m not near any of our places. We teach at the same college–she studies fossils, writing grants to go to countries, and I write stories of how I used to be a farm girl, then a medic, my weeks as a...
My wife used the wrong uterus the last time we had intercourse

My wife used the wrong uterus the last time we had intercourse

    and that’s how she got herself pregnant. We weren’t trying to conceive, and in fact, to ensure we’d stay childless, we took every precaution: I stayed on top, no kissing, no prayer before or after, and I made sure I lasted less than a minute; personally, I’d done...
Sunday Knife

Sunday Knife

  Look sharp and you’ll notice the groove in the blade, what you call the “ricasso,” which lightens the metal without weakening the structure. I promise you this workhorse will hold an edge and do you proud. It’s item JB 92, “The Gunny,” a genuine bargain at just...
This Place Is a Dump

This Place Is a Dump

My best friend and former lover Mitch hauled his furniture from his brown pickup into the empty side of the duplex I owned. His apartment contained one bedroom, an avocado-colored stove, and an air conditioner balanced in the window dampening rather than cooling the...
Friend

Friend

  No person who has never been the cause of another person’s death can understand the plight, which becomes the life, of the person who has. For instance—       Let her name be Girl, because she never got to grow up. She stayed a girl (Girl) in every way, and...
House of the Animals, Work of the Lord

House of the Animals, Work of the Lord

  He comes from many houses. The first was his: the house where things fall apart. The plastic countertops peeled back in sheets. Cabinet faces hung loosely on hinges then fell off completely, half empty cupboards of rotten food, mouse droppings, and moldy contact...
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