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A Blessing

We watched our father chuck her boom box out the bedroom window.

A Day at the Beach for Aphrodite

I was enraged at being alone on the outside of all that love and lust.

A Dream of Ease

I shoved them one by one, easy as pie yet with care, just shy of mercy.

A Father’s Story

Certainly the ushers who pass the baskets know me as a miser.

A Happy Birthday

I wanted to ride this day down into night, to smooth the unreadable page.

A New Year’s Gift

He ended every year in this manner, writing and dreaming.

A Partial History of Lost Causes

Chess was a humiliation that hung over him like a leper’s bell.

A Place for Us

Our house sits alone out in the country, seven miles north of town.

A Portion of Your Loveliness

My daughter’s favorite game is Holocaust. She’s quite inventive.

A Quiet Patchwork of Slats

Streetlights throw the blinds against the ceiling. It’s 7:00 p.m.

A Sailor

She did not leave him for the sailor. So why should he be angry?

A Secret Space

Two weeks after she and Mark were married, Hannah fell in love.

A Small Blip on an Eternal Timeline

I grabbed him by the face and told him life only comes to a person once.

A Soldier’s Lover

We never really had what might be considered a normal conversation.

A Storyteller’s Story

Americans have always a kind of tenderness for cheat.

A Summer in Between

In a way she enjoyed the slow, sad feeling of letting it go.

A Trout in the Milk

How much simpler and more satisfying was the company of men.

A. Roolette? A. Roolette?

She remembers that golden ocean, the promise of a whole new land.

A. Roolette? A. Roolette?

She remembers that golden ocean, the promise of a whole new land.

Adolescence

I’ll see you on the sea, they say, but then they float past on a raft

Aeneas Leaves Kansas

All night the insects’ grinding jaws chewed through the darkness.

After Closing Up My Mother’s House and Other Poems

What if my mother could have been happy if I hadn’t been born?

Afternoon Happiness

Here is my aphorism of the day: Happy people are monogamous.

All Color

We will use my entire bed and all my dishes, make dirty each chair.

All My Friends Are Sad & Bright

We’ve seen the news. We know the story. How even our bodies hurt us.

All the Trimmings

The old man drinks some more liquor and whacks down two trees.

All the Wrecks I’ve Crawled Out Of

I was thinking sex, she was thinking sex, but neither of us made a move.

All-American Biography

Snows piling in his crying mouth. Cold gave him a light complexion.

Am Looking For

Desperately, children: I am in desperate need for desperate need.

An Experiment

Even before bills and rent and adultery—you don’t sleep well.

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