Mrs. Richardson had been yelling at the kid the fifth-grade girl who came around to our door begging money to pay the babysitter Mrs. Richardson yelled at the grandchild for three days, and spanked her then they were crying, in different parts of the building all the while, their phonograph repeated “the angels sing, glory […]


an elephant with flowers painted around the eyes and painted toenails four zebras sipping water *   *   * luxurious green tent on safari white bone ornaments through noses armed for the hunt and cocktails already served three African bushmen in a field of wrinkled flesh eyelid (the elephant) the rain is needed, sticky or no […]


to embrace something with the wisdom of the final round people crowding the boulevard in Baltimore to watch Robert Kennedy’s funeral train pass overhead in that portrait of seven famed figures Annie, turned to stone under a blue-jay feather how that small town in snow looks more like Pennsylvania or Midwest than New England Blake, […]


reading the inscription on your tombstone an abandoned road soon becomes impassible except on foot or horseback dumplings, broiled, steamed, and fried involving pork, chicken, Chinese cabbage, tofu. more ginger and any amount of garlic, scallions, bamboo shoots, and water chestnuts a bronze bespattered snake coils elegantly through an alligator-skin sandal nothing funny about us, […]