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By the time I looked over my shoulder, the sun had already fallen.
The horse had been beaten and flies crawled on the beat marks.
The distant past returned—what part of it, he could not decide.
We take our solace, in a time of malaise and mourning, in the close-at-hand.
Frank kept his face blank as he read the orders: Report to Berlin.
Neither blood nor belonging accounted for my presence in Ghana.
Felicia knew why he was there. He was waiting. Waiting for her.
Chess was a humiliation that hung over him like a leper’s bell.
We never really had what might be considered a normal conversation.
Americans have always a kind of tenderness for cheat.
The guards ripped off Mara’s clothes, pinning her head against the wall.
The stones here carry the island’s low cry inside them. A landlocked grief.
He said he had come back to the prison because it was home.
The author reflects on a soldier‘s experience, in just six words.
The towns died as quickly as a single house, a house like ours, lit gold within.
We’ve seen the news. We know the story. How even our bodies hurt us.
Why did it take Steven’s small coffin to get me to see my own son?
Devanand Simon was twenty-five when the bodies fell from the sky.
The old man drinks some more liquor and whacks down two trees.
Waiting for a cure, waiting for the closeout sale, the black sail.
The first time I met you I fought your father in the driveway.
I do not want to fall prey to the bewitchment of my mind by language.
I commute to war five days a week in a station wagon the color of an egg.
It was the sixties, and I was in
college and incredibly restless.
If a friend’s family is persecuted, call Sinn Fein on that number.
She has wings of rouge on her cheekbones, her beak blood red.
He sees the slight swelling of her breasts in the open collar of her blouse.
Find a hair in the rose bush, wrap it around a thorn until that thorn is soft.
Three fingers had been cut from her right hand, two from her left.
Too bad there is no oil between her legs that 4-year-old Muslim girl.