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Canada

You collected me from the jetty in the small logging town. I’d been waiting in a striptease bar, the lumberjack customers more interested in their beers and televised ice-hockey than the girls. I’d seen your boat from a mile out, cutting a quick white swathe through the lake. During the ride back into the forest […]

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The Deluge

My zayde kept begging me not to leave him there. I tried to reassure him, told him there wasn’t always that great a difference between a funeral and a carnival. Even as I spoke, crows were gathering on the headstones, just a few at first, then maybe a couple of dozen. Child, child, the crows […]

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Previous Lives

Karen and Robert’s trip to the fortune-teller was the oddest of their an engagement gifts, but they had nothing better to do on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Karen squeezed Robert’s hand in anticipation as she asked Madame Snowberry between flips of her magical cards, “did we know each other in a previous life?” “We shall […]

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Heartbreak Hotel

We woke up with our faces covered in blood and bite marks and with all these demons flying around. I went kind of nuts, shouted, “What the fuck?!” She stumbled out of bed and then dropped down on her knees and gradually disappeared. Feeling her heart under my hand would have been the thing to […]

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Everything she lost

Her purse. Her key chain. Her keys. That’s okay. She also lost the house. The husband in it. The couch. The remote. The sound of him slipping out the door. Then, her eyelashes. Her fingernails. Her lips all tinted with gloss. Everything except her heart. Her stupid heart. Which to tell you the truth, if […]

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I Will Melt Robots the First Chance I Get

I’m not delusional or paranoid. Robots are everywhere and I feel their threat closing in on my life. My psychic warned me if I speak out an assassin will be sent to silence my mouth. Death doesn’t impress me but I have children and I can’t just write them a goodbye note. They deserve better. […]

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Alchemy 2015

I. The Tree Only 1 percent of a dormant mature tree is biologically living, while the rest is composed of non-living, structural wood cells. If you hang wind chimes or bronze temple bells on, let’s say, a maple, or build a cradle for your baby in the treetops of an oak, you may rest easy […]

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[when the blisters come]

i told my children when the blisters come then you’ll finally have the first motion learned the second motion will pop and bleed your hands the third motion will strip to remove your earlier efforts i don’t know what will be piling up beside your feet but everything every job every passion is an effort […]

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Girl in the shell

Like Humpty Dumpty on a wall. Holes in the shell where her head pokes out, her arms, her legs. Everything but her heart. Her heart lives alone deep in her chest. Won’t come out no how. Heart says, I love him, and I know he’ll be back. Till then, I’m just gonna hide. One day, […]

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