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Who are not here.


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He looked up. All the people were looking at him, and in some state of agitation. He was at the head of the table.

Space Program

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Mercury and Gemini disappointed.


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Once upon a time in the late 1950s, in a small French village, two brothers lived in a dilapidated one-bedroom old-style stone house. The two men worked in a factory to which they commuted by bike, one wearing a beret the other a cap. Though different in…

Free Bird

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I stop for Coup de' Villes and blue eyed men who runmarathons of ghosts and what if I was in love with a boy named Roberto in our Spanish class in High Schoolwho was half Japanese and half German and preferred penises to my virginity and what if the boy next door…

Wanna Bet?

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I was always more comfortable with the ponies than you were / more comfortable with betting windows and two-dollar bills than you were


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There it it again, that noise. That low hum that I know so well now, spinning, gaining momentum in my head, like a cyclist in a velodrome, until its steadiness and roundness becomes sharp, painful, cutting like glass.

Laughing All The Way To The 2020 Election

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After President Trump was elected, my first impulse was to spend the next four years cowering under the bed, whimpering.While I knew that I needed to keep track of what our new commander in chief was up to, watching the news made me too angry and too sad and just too…

Thieves, a Fire and Some Ghosts

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All along scared of the lovesickness finding me. I'm not proud of sending that sweet choir on its way without a word chopped into its cup. Who cares? I'm scared. The problem is this house; it's sad. I notice when someone floats in front of…

Two for Akutagawa

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Heading for the fields one morning to paint haystacks, Vincent noticed his neighbor’s house ablaze.

It's Legal Here

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You may think it's illegal Well, you'd be wrong, ya hear? Cause you're just in the wrong Neck of the woods And it's legal here Want some beer? Yeah, that's right It's legal here Don't go opening the door Any wider, I know You don't


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gravel coughing up tires at 90 miles an hour and just getting under way


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time timed times time

Colonized Mike, Ch. 4: DRIVEN

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She left with the parking ticket pieces, diligent as any Smith college graduate, and pulled the door shut with just a tad too much force.

Living for You

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She was as ironic as me, which I thought was great.  We’d get going and it would be like one of those Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns fights.  If you were trying to judge it, you couldn’t even keep score.


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Another day, another potful of crazy

Imminent Weather, Five AM

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The spectacle of weather/ on the prairies approaches.

Ilex Cahokia and A Common Piece

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remembering Cahokia, a place we rent near the water's edge, for we dare not enter

In my day...

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In my day, you could buy a polythene bag of cigarette butts for 5p. And everyone had a proper haircut.In my day, plumbers gave free vasectomies whilst reciting patriotic poems. And all the buses were red.In my day, there was always more than enough sex to go round, with…

Sonnet 11

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I fanned oxygen into the embersletting every red ribbon spark arc downwardlike stars falling in early Novemberthat I tried to show you. But you never came.I imagine your mannerisms As if you had been forged from iron; Waiting to add my lime and carbonsto alloy.…

Axiology and Semantics: Expiration Dates

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In my seriousness I am not making the case that none of “this” (our contemporaneity, our historical moment) “matters”.

Sugar Desire

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I'm in the making. I'm being created. Quite heavy fingers are kneading me. They've mixed the flour, the butter, the milk, the raisins. No fanciful ingredients, just the traditional ones. Now they're working me, all ten of them. I'm being churned with warm fingers, and nails…

Latté plus

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Hurried, hassling suit in front of me is being awful to the barista. So she refuses to serve him, turning away.

The Autobiography of the Falsehoods Which Are Not Love

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he wound up hating the woman he betrayed in his heart for betraying him in her body

My Hillbilly's Got a Hole In It

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My hillbilly’s got a hole in it And I think I’m gonna die I swear you can see right through him Got a big hole in his side I think I pulled the trigger On the truth gun at my side Then it just got bigger It started getting wide He tried


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Maybe I need to do more push-ups, he thought irrationally. He was always worried about his weight and athleticness.


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I wake up with the taste of mud in my mouth. Ashy, sulfurous, charred, with traces of rotten shellfish.

Arcana Magi Zero Arc 3 - c.5

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Alysia raised the staff over the huddle and together everyone created a barrier. The wind blew past them and the grey mist surrounded them.

the ethics of graffiti

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The Man Who Spoke of His Dreams

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There is nothing more tedious than a man who speaks to you of his dreams.