There might be a lesion here, something on the hippocampus there, which begins with a giggle and ends in the fatal heart attack or asphyxiation. There are no known deaths from laughter attributed to women, though it’s said to have happened to both philosophers and kings. Take those hands off of your nose, that plastic […]
Why, girls, just last week you were taught how to resist should you find yourself in an abduction; just last week, you were taught how to save someone from drowning. Now you’ve done it: gone missing, gone drowned.
My mother had a dream in which I entered her bedroom calling Mom, Oh Mom until my voice pulled her from something… enigmatic? . What, she said and opened her eyes. I simply answered, The Lord is here, as if someone less important than a gentleman caller without flowers had arrived. Although she is […]
I’m beyond the wooden houses on stilts anchored in muck, beyond where grizzlies dig for clams exposed when the tide goes out & sunlight fills the slough. Around my waist, algae—green skin taut as milk heated over a flame. The grainy mud moves as I move, expanding, contracting between the pressure […]
Up the long path, inside the bunker wedged into the cliff, did you see the star etched into the stone wall, crossed out, a swastika drawn in? Facing la Douve from the lookout one can almost see the seasick, dead reckoning, the first wave at zero hour jumping from the landing crafts into the crashing […]
of light blessing the house plants what comes when a tadpole has taken up in the mecca of nowhere another week passes & I sense a small world growing inside an unknown about to be erased can you imagine the tadpole splashing before a world unfolds or falls can you press your body closer to […]