The survival of our world depends upon the cultivation of better language.
“We see you tryin’ to hide. Ain’t no use tryin’ to hide in God’s House.”
A Memory in Limbo
It could be plucked from anyone’s childhood, so achingly familiar are the sights and sounds of a grown-up party in this coming-of-age vignette.
Have two children to keep around the house in case one goes missing.
Tongue, eye, nose—which has the shortest route to the brain, heart?
Here’s where memory, where waves of light washed over him.
I knew it was Bible hell she had in mind, hell that went on and on.
He ended every year in this manner, writing and dreaming.
Narrative offers any reader a modern pocket library.
Chess was a humiliation that hung over him like a leper’s bell.
Our house sits alone out in the country, seven miles north of town.
I can see on him how things are changing for and against us.
Lorenzo and me, we’d squat our own building. It was the new frontier.
My daughter’s favorite game is Holocaust. She’s quite inventive.
Streetlights throw the blinds against the ceiling. It’s 7:00 p.m.
Royal baby George is tucked in the crook of his mother’s elbow.
Advance planning was never Hank’s strong suit, he had to leave her.
Paul King was shiftless and drunken; ugly tales were told of him.
For all the stories they’d concocted, the real one electrified them.
She did not leave him for the sailor. So why should he be angry?
Two weeks after she and Mark were married, Hannah fell in love.
Is she dreaming of the rivers soft with codling in her hometown?
All over the planet people try to end pain: striptease, bee stings.
Fiction, no matter how short or long, is the art form of human yearning.
The allure of Mardi Gras is to feel this way: unseen and unseeable.
It was true. We would probably never visit that place again.
Some inner voice told her that now or never her fate would be decided.
I grabbed him by the face and told him life only comes to a person once.