James thought that he might try to sleep with Madeline today, but he would not, because he didn’t really want to, except that Madeline might finally make him feel like he had touched another person, that they had touched him back; but since he didn’t know her name, Madeline wouldn’t feel the same, nor would […]
Pablo Escobar’s Hippos
by JANE HAMMONS
Pablo Escobar’s hippos have never experienced a natural habitat, a river in Africa. Zoo-bred, transformed into illegal cargo, El Viejo—as the locals call him—and two accompanying cows (unidentified), were shipped to Colombia to entertain Pablo Escobar at the Hacienda Nápoles. When Colombian forces killed Escobar, the government did not preserve or maintain the Hacienda but let it rot instead. The house, broken into and destroyed by those in search of money, weapons and drugs, fell apart. Forces of nature occupied the grounds. Untended the Hacienda returned to the wild. Electric fencing no longer fed electricity died and failed to contain the hippos.