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Neither blood nor belonging accounted for my presence in Ghana.
Felicia knew why he was there. He was waiting. Waiting for her.
Lorenzo and me, we’d squat our own building. It was the new frontier.
For all the stories they’d concocted, the real one electrified them.
Three months is a long time to be away from the person you love.
I needed a paycheck a lot more than I needed to be kissed.
The guards ripped off Mara’s clothes, pinning her head against the wall.
So, Ida, are you a Jew or a nudist? Do you believe in Hanukkah?
The hound, the leash, the fence, the hens. So many of them.
If everyone’s lost on the roads, you might as well fly. Enjoy your life.
Lost land, this is a song for the scars on your back, for your blistered feet.
I recoil from the certitude that religion can give a person; it’s horrific.
I let the baby mouse live because I cannot kill what has ears.
His fingers traveling through these notes can assuage, I think, all pain.
Women should hate it when people whistle at their backs as they walk past.
I grew accustomed to seeing the sun rise and set from the school.
When I dream of lovers, I rarely see faces. It’s better if we never touch.
Some days Barbie Chang wants to hang up her Asian boots.
Barbie Chang asks why the evil one always has black hair.
I could not tell what visions were vanishing in the dying slave.
Like a ghost, he appeared at the entrance of his hermitage.
She gives her daughter her birth certificate and oil money: Go.
“One of my genetic gifts, and don’t you want to know what the other one is?”
The boat’s one of the most flagrant symbols capitalism ever spawned.
If a friend’s family is persecuted, call Sinn Fein on that number.
The engineers seemed ripe for mockery, some more than others.
Too bad there is no oil between her legs that 4-year-old Muslim girl.
I’d never seen my mother’s breasts. Or anyone else’s, for that matter.
A boy who makes dinosaurs from blue clay, each one with three hearts.
I saw my mother’s face turn dark like the winter sky before a storm.