ExploreRace & Ethnicity
The distant past returned—what part of it, he could not decide.
Neither blood nor belonging accounted for my presence in Ghana.
For all the stories they’d concocted, the real one electrified them.
I grabbed him by the face and told him life only comes to a person once.
She is very rich. She will leave me everything when she dies, he says.
I needed a paycheck a lot more than I needed to be kissed.
The tree was shaggy and it bore scars of shrapnel from the war.
The stones here carry the island’s low cry inside them. A landlocked grief.
He longed only for Claire’s strange seriousness, her silent focus.
Tony’d had guns pulled on him more times than he had toes.
Karen was, in that moment, nothing, emptiness. She was oblivion.
I recoil from the certitude that religion can give a person; it’s horrific.
Many times I’ve stood at the lip of this river and wanted to crawl in.
We are like a village here, separated from the rest of the world.
Howard found himself dancing the merengue with a buxom Puerto Rican.
He is not a man, but an empty shell, a creature who laughs to stop the shame.
I hadn’t always liked being around my mother while she was alive.
Keely finally stops crying when they step outside. The shock of cold.
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.
If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.
When his father was out cold he tied him up, roping his arms to his sides.
The author reads her story, a finalist in the Winter 2013 Story Contest.
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.
When I see buffaloes run I think of love—how it is held.
“Why don’t you call yourself Butterfly?” he said. “A pretty thing like you.”
Nina sang “Tell Me More and More and Then Some” on the Caddy’s radio.
“Are all the girls really beautiful? Is it true you make out in the showers?”