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Winter 2013

Pregnancy

Mahnaz woke to the buzzing of the alarm clock. She leaned over, turned it off, and lay back. I must get up now, she thought, I will have to see Dr. Gibbons this morning. But she kept lying there, tired. No, more, reluctant to face the day. She wondered if it all had to do [...]

a body that when laid out makes me remember the sun like a sheet hung behind a high hill not quite a mountain; back at your house one of your hairs has been crushed into an oriental rug and it waits there for your mother to find it shining in its own weak way; somewhere [...]

Endoskeleton in Amber

Threat looms like the bite of a varying hare. What is there to know about the way I have remixed hope into something that resembles my own inconsolable and yellow-toothed winter? There is little beyond that emptying estuary, an audience unkempt and readied in its seasonal blaze, a downward kneel of spiders dizzy with gold. [...]

I felt sepultured in the snow globe Gabe gave me for Christmas, on the bridge beside its festively scarfed, hatted, and gloved characters, dropping sticks into the creek from one side, then clambering to the other side to see whose stick emerged first from the tunnel. I checked the rushing water but found, instead of [...]

The Other Man

Tiny fires erupt behind my eyes and cut me off from the other man and the first thought that strikes me now is: perhaps my eyes were really his eyes, the one who was swathed in robes of a muddy colour, the one who squatted on pebbles and waved his beautiful hands every now and [...]

The Trouble With Paradise

I did not tell you that I come from paradise. There, the rain leaps & swirls from the slanted roof of the old white barn, comes on with the sound of pebbles, tumbled; standing on the porch you can hear the storm approach across the field. In paradise, you can look over the valley at [...]