The Children

The Children

The snow was falling on the beach and so the children gathered it into their hands. They mixed white sand and whiter frost into balls of light and threw them. I watched a girl’s eye drift naked among the tide. I watched the evening give way to the boulevard. And when...
Rehearsal Elegy

Rehearsal Elegy

Another boy thinks his father dies each time he leaves home. Comes back a bony apparition on ESPN, long-eared effigy crucified in The Sun-Times. Another boy traces his father’s road trip, map in hand, before bed, whispering there he is, there he is. Down the hall his...
Baby Grand

Baby Grand

But I followed instructions! Wring blood from a stone and use the drops as lip gloss. My new job is branding mascara. This one’s called “The Tracks of My Tears.” At the baby grand, my pearly whites dissolved to box-office poison. Sawzall, Adderall, bias-cut satin:...
DIVINE SPLEEN

DIVINE SPLEEN

I own a spleen of transcendent variety. It serves as a beacon of bodily function. It sings & its cadences carry through my bones. It performs its spleenly tasks with such competence it elevates the performance of my other organs through its heavenly example. It is...
Meat Locker

Meat Locker

Where the devil is a butcher in a white apron smeared with red. I am a bloody slab hanging on a hook. “You tell anyone, I’ll kill you,” he whispered, and my terror cleaved me in two, my body on its hands and knees in that cold with the butcher, my mind a white...
Hoodie

Hoodie

A gray hoodie will not protect my son from rain, from the New England cold. I see the partial eclipse of his face as his head sinks into the half-dark and shades his eyes. Even in our quiet suburb with its unlocked doors, I fear for his safety—the darkest child on our...
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