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Politics

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These days, you seem to disappear like bread tasted and devoured

Domestic Sketches

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The cats sniff at the small opening,/ one by one, in a furtive casualness./ They think the outside air is sweet

Colonized Mike, Ch. 7: 'TICKLED PINK'

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He'd blame the maid. ¶ And then fire her.

To Do List

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Throw them up there but try to make it look tidy. Try to become a little bit paranoid, just enough that you slightly overestimate how much they think of you at all.

My History With Bras

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"Maybe so, but you have seen those photos in the National Geographic, right? Do you really want to risk it?" she demands and I sigh in defeat. I wake up at midnight, hot from too many blankets and pull my bra off through the sleeves of my shirt. I th

The Story You Wanted

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For I would draw a diagramTo signify the things I amBut I think you know--Todd Rundgren The door was open before me. I know that's not a good way to start out on an adventure, but it is what happened to me. I didn't see any beckoning light, I felt an urge, like being…

Two Characters In Search Of Another

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Space Age Mermaid

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Sulily dreams of water, Big Water, abundant enough to swallow their massive spaceship whole.

An Empty Shell

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In uniform. Sergeant Thomas Wood. At the back of my small room, near the window, I turn the lamp on, pick up a pen, a blank page, must keep my mother informed.Now looking out at the first gaze of the day.I was six then. Here comes my mother ruffling my hair. Flattering…

Lunch Business

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It's lunch in the car time at 5:30 pm The car sits next to the mattress delivery truck in hope of receiving a blanket of shade

Everything the Traffic Will Allow

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there’s more to life than poontang but not when you’re sixteen and your hands are full of heavy breasts

The Summer Reading Program -- A Librarian Tells All!

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It's July, which, if you work in a public library, means that the Summer Reading Club is in full swing. The SRC used to be just for kids, to motivate them to read when school wasn't in session. But in recent years many libraries have expanded the program to include…

A Jenga Piece A Time

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Ryuu looked up and saw color seep back into his life. Warm hues reached for his numb heart. His body's coldness was thawed with the tender embrace that wrapped around him so tight he couldn't let go if he had wanted to.

On the Bench (Matthew III)

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turn your face

Bookmark

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He opened an old book,flipping through its yellowedpages. A small piece of blue paperfell to the floor; he picked it up."Meet Tom at 4:00. Julius Bar."Standing there, Tom appearedas he sat down with the note,putting Tom back together:Tall, he remembered; Irish,green eyes…

Why I Love You

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I love you because your eyes are both crossed When you do it, because you’re focused On the inside of the universe I love you because You’re on a roller coaster Through life And I can ride along For the thrill of it I love you because

Sorrow

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It's not a funeral. Nobody to mourn over.

My dark job history

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Sometime in the late 60s when I was thirteen I had this paper route for the San Mateo Times.

Colonized Mike, Ch. 6: 'NOT SMART ENOUGH'

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Colonized Mike got bored. He drifted off. He watched the clouds — ochre. Is that a color? Ochre.

My Boyfriend Believed in Aliens

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My boyfriend unequivocally believed in the existence of aliens. He was the Mulder to my Scully, though when I said so, he had no idea what I was talking about. I never understood how someone so E.T. obsessed could have missed 'The X-Files'.He would look skyward, eyes…

Serving

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patience is....

Old Penny

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Nothing about it// is attractive- its color, it’s design,/ it’s market value. I leave it be and watch

Bird on Gravel

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On the gravel it lay, unable to lift its body, fluttering lightly, heart beating still. Broken leg, speckled feathers, looked to the sky, to freedom, saw a tree, raised a wing. The will to live ... so strong ... but the joy of flying, now denied.“Just let it…

Just the Facts

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skin cancer walks along Zuma beach at noon

Star Heart

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This is the place where I could breathe. I didn'tSay I understood. I only wanted to hold someone andMean to. I don't care about the rules for caring.The place where I could speak was incredibly far from Where I'd met you. The place where I could speakHad its…

Mommy

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I miss her.

Beer and Cancer

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“Bubby’d rather spend money on beer than cancer.”

Missed Connections

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We were on the L train.You were reading Fifty Shades of Gray;I was reading One Hundred Years of Solitude. You never looked up until just as I moved off, always looking back your way and hopingyou would lift your head. And then you did, at the last moment,but…

Delusions Well-Hid from Myself

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Today, I am almost entirely self-coincidental, though I still feel a lag lurking somewhere.

The Overfilled Silence

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At the Rest Home for Silence We are teenagers At best I have to admit I fell asleep on the bus On the way to the Rest Home For Silence And I woke up To the noise Coming from the Overfilled silence It's the overfilled silenc