A Cat’s Not A Dog

It was about a month after everything got all messed up, that I took Iris for Italian ices on a squinty sun-bleached late August …

Big Bird

Big Bird felt especially clever after pocketing a plastic ashtray from the local tavern after last call on Tuesday night. The barmaid had noticed but felt sorry and embarrassed at his clumsy attempt at discretion. What did it matter anyway she thought.

Homecoming

“So, are you going to go see him?” Bud asked, and when Earl answered, “See Who?”, Bud smirked and said, “See who, he asks…”

Not a Woodpecker Anymore

We encouraged everyone to attend our reunions of embassy personnel once assigned to Bolivia. Nothing fancy. We gathered in homes around D.C., drank Bolivian beer and mate de coca, and ate salteñas and chuño.

Crash Site

Anne convinces Dad to move into our upstairs guest room, a few weeks after the funeral. He and I haven’t spoken since the night …

Our Only Possible Success

People often ask me where it all began for me, and I say different things at different times, but usually I say this: It all began for me at Bronx Lebanon Hospital in December of 1970.

Unfinished

I have bought some of your supplies. Sparse, random: a thin brush and a squat black marker, a half-full bottle of linseed oil, a …

Some New Sky

The psychic held Lydia’s palm aloft, tracing the lines with black nails. Months ago, Lydia would have called bullshit and gone back through the …

PMA

Meet me at 9, the note read, across from my building. Friday morning broke hot and sticky, and Stevie Eisen’s stomach started growling so …

Rinda’s Moniker

It’s a melancholy chamber, willow wallpaper and a power-steam humidifier trying to spread calm across six pews sulking on either side of a narrow …

Oleander

The train pushes through the unexpectedly blooming and green landscape at a high speed. Then it finally comes to a halt, but the numbness …

The Piano Player

Frank felt edgy all week.  Preparations for Bennett & Co.’s RESTORE AMERICA fund-raising tour were taking over all his time: petitioning the state for …

Exit

     -2 (Title)      You have it wrong. It was ‘Edit’, I am sure.       It has changed.       Why? The whole point was …

Crystals

       In the exhilarating atmosphere of scholarly and cultural exchange following the fall of the Berlin Wall, John Dee had been among the …

One Oh For Tilly

It didn’t announce itself, the difference in the room, but it was there, of that he was positive. It wasn’t the soft caress of …

A Wink For Luck

Abbott, West Virginia, the town with a funny name, was a funny place to live. Needing somewhere to hang for the winter, I settled …

The Nickel

Shards of sunlight flickered off the car’s bumper as it disappeared over a rise in the road. Josh stared at the bright bursts of …

N’Djokito

It was the penultimate day of the working week, after the English fashion. Dominguinho was glancing through the paper first thing in the morning, …

Dibcek

Karel Dibcek woke up and thought for a moment that he was still in Prague. He lay warm inside the duvet, his head covered …

Whale

Portents were in the air. First, to be given a shilling was remarkable. We were both handed a piece of the silver and sent …

From Retelling

I felt an irritation on my right shoulder and tapped my skin. Something awoke in me. A new sense of awareness overtook me, even …

ACME Short

Third day out, the oddest feeling overtook me. A hybrid of nostalgia and deja-vu, this fuzzy childhood sense-memory of melancholy bliss. I wanted to …

Stills

The day of, I find my husband in her room, kneeling in front of her bed. It is a moment suspended like a dream …

Sentences

A Sentence in Transposition Cuban-American Style in Harlem a storefront restaurant pouring into a street a mélange of sweet, spicy, intensely fiery pepper, bitter …