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On the bed he tickled her until she was crying with laughter. And then the tickles became caresses, the fingers, lips.

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Train whistles in wintertime made him feel lonely.

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Fire Opal

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She was trying on her jeans in the bathroom, the same jeans she had tried on a few days ago, somehow imagining they'd fit.Her waist was growing fast now, but, if she believed this would work for her, that the jeans would stretch or that her body would fade... her will…

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it corrupts the smells// and flavors of the world/ and plants its swollen face


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I formed a snowball in my bare hands. Hard as a rock, I let her fly.

My FBI File

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They knew every pizza and 'burger joint in town like Simon knew Garfunkel.


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After his resurrection the children began to play.

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“It always about a man, isn’t it?” shrieked the collective furies of her mind.

A Thousand Days

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Some claim my brother lay with me, I own

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He spends his Sunday morning spraying WD-40 through the straw-like stream attachment at the expansive paper nest of beige and ivory striped wasps.

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Night's air awhirl, the sky shoots fireflies. Sometimes, she bleeds black arrows in her dreams.

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When I saw that Chez Panisse was serving crawdaddies (the menu called them crayfish, but I know a crawdaddy when I see it), I relaxed. I didn't eat the ugly creatures when my brother fished them out of irrigation ditches back on our farm near Roswell, and