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Solitaire & To the Past— After Visiting the Rutgers Geology Museum

SOLITAIRE In the days before I fell sick I dreamed of myself as a child, watching my grandfather, Salvatore, peel navel oranges. They always opened...

Finding Holy Ground

We stand in front of a ticket window, my flatmate, Lydia, and I, in bustling Victoria Station. Our fingers, still greasy from a hurried...

The Smiling Dog of Sand Creek

He sat there smiling. I hadn't noticed him until my brother brought him to my attention at the dinner table. “Have you seen the...

Seahorse

-- It was on the first day of our seaside holiday that I found him...   First published in Visual Verse, June 2017    

The Girl Who was a Butterfly

Butterflies are not supposed to talk. Yes, I know that. But I am not an ordinary butterfly. My parents were hippies led by the idea...

The High Stakes of Sexual Mystery

October is here, the month of my birth, as is Libra season. Though it happens every year, I am endlessly amazed by the sense...

The Lesson

Terri shouldered her baseball bat and hung her glove on the narrow end. She walked to Mr. Niles’ front steps, climbed them, and rang...

The Most Important School Rule

Our new Central School for forms seven and eight was an exciting big school. The smell of a thousand lunches lingered in the corridors...

The Clay Brick Memorandum

In the early 1990’s, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, I was part of a group of artists from the U.S.A and Europe...

purgatory and no leverage

    Photo Credit:  Sopwell Memories

Words Written in Marker

Grief leads such a contrary existence. People have to die in order for it to be born. My brother died in Richmond, Virginia on...

Mrs. Knapp’s Ice Cream Cone

The first school I attended was the storied one-room schoolhouse. An old whitewashed building with a red roof and a vane on the peak,...

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