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A Cherry-Pink Moment

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Another routine week for Roselyn. She took the bus to work, settling snugly in the seat, all dressed in woollens in tune with the low temperature. Her coat was buttoned up with a long scarf wound around her neck, almost hiding her entire face. One could imagine a ferret…

The Empty Pedestal

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but it was a big pedestal

a chat between Li Bai and Du Fu

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shooting stars on the river flash arcs of white./sands glow dim in the leftover moonlight late.

7-Eleven

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A History of All Wild Growth Individuals, Mixed Emotions and Chocolate Bears

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The door was open. Maybe we fell in.Maybe we were pushed. Maybe a silver-backed dragon pulled us in hanging betweenhis flying whiskers and baked enamellike human spaghetti. They make up theirminds to do something out of a completetrust in the symmetry between pale anddark…

heart-shaped stones

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heart-shaped stones love, devotion no way

Untitled

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the colors of the night

Surprise!

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We were fleeing Hurricane Katrina We stopped somewhere in Texas at a roadside diner But found a sign that said it was closed All of a sudden as we sat there in our car The shop’s owner knocked on the window And asked what he could get for us

Confinement

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Even music relies on what/ you know as music/ for its power to enthrall.

Writing Prompts

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If you want to be a writer, just write stuff.

In The Evening

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In the evening when the sun goes down and the bath gets drawn the cool tall glass sits sweating on the white window sill. The birds send out their last notes to sail on the infinite breath of breeze that is now making its way through our neighborhood gently nudging and…

My Old Jeep

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Were we a couple?

The Point

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If you're not any more interesting sloshed / than you are sober / then what's the point?

Camelot

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“Oh, where are you going to, O tow-haired rover?” Though my sight turns nowhere homeward, and my mouth's run numb, I can hear a leaflet sifting through the walls of clover; Though I stay, I ‘m going forth and o'er to Camelot, come- On a four…

Wild turkey chase

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“Don’t ever call me that name, formal or informal, okay? Forget you heard it.”

Away

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and I don’t miss it. / And I do miss it.

Eloise

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Even at five years old, I could tell that Eloise was haunted by ghosts that shook her core, leaving her dangling and seeking stability in slowly repeating her compulsive routines.

You Could Be Me

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Talking reflections

Like a Prince

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I have acted like a prince muchof my life, never mind my gender.I removed your obstacles as otherskill dragons. And when I came downfrom the mountain, still covered in sweatand mist and dragon blood and the sweetsense of triumph, you, like a princess, hada haircut…

the directions echoes can take

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commending Bunin, he wound up here/confined almost to the narrow cell/from a Ninth Circle his tour commenced.

Sonnet VIII, On A Lover's Birthday

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A short sonnet for my sweetheart's birthday.

Angelique

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She is an old soul...

John Garfield dies for our sins... and I get the hell out of San Pedro

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You got to love the beauty of a gin-joint where the whores'll tell you how handsome you are. Beautiful girls and they work in these bars with names like “Paradise Lucky,” “Everyone Joy,” or “Hollywood Happy.”

If God Answers, Don't Hang Up

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All I know is, something I was unaware of Left that vacant look in her eyes As if I had taken the last brownie of her life And then heard myself laughing From the dark side of the moon Maybe she was just standing in The wrong wind that day

Lapidary

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You burnish what is left until it shines and call it your own.

Not today, you crab!

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My single sculling boat was not made to take the impact of a pickup.

You Have Something I Don't Have

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So, as the lines on my face grow more pronounced, the lines on my finger prints are fading away? All I can say is that it's a damn shame it's not the other way around.

Bug Water

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Milton Berle bought a hot dog at the Stucky's snack bar once. True. I wasn't there, but I believe it.

new world

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can memory freeze in place like this?

The Intervention

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"You're publishing too much too / quickly. We think that's unhealthy. We want you / to slow down. You're becoming a fame whore."