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...
Fedya Davidovich

Fedya Davidovich

  For a while now, Fedya had been eyeing the butter dish and finally, seizing the moment when his wife bent down to trim a toenail, quickly, in one motion scooped the butter out of the dish with his finger and stuck it in his mouth. Closing the butter dish, Fedya...
Wretcher

Wretcher

    I found out I was a wretcher the first time I fell in love.   I was seventeen and he stretched tall and pale with red hair and water eyes. He held my hands and then me and together we were silent standing in the foyer.   Then his mouth and mine together, there was...
Between This Their Hands Happened Everywhere

Between This Their Hands Happened Everywhere

              She stopped their kissing but didn’t step away. She said it was different.        They stood pressed together in an alley between crummy apartment buildings, the sky sick with rosy city-darkness. It was late and damp and they were parting, her staying,...
Three Stories

Three Stories

  Mike, Thirteen*   Mike, thirteen, steals a can of Coke from the cooler in back of the old store. That night, he dreams he is caught, but the next morning he can’t remember his dreams. It’s summer. The can of Coke is at his friend’s house, on the ping pong table. He...
Ice a Mile Thick

Ice a Mile Thick

              My son stares at the mazes of rusted, graffiti-scrawled pipes. He asks what they’re for. The real answer is boring, so I say, “Scientific experiments on aliens.” “Someday I’m going to live here,” he says. The structure is actually a skeleton of an old...
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