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Spring 2021

Goodnight Noises Everywhere

Rear cover of Goodnight Moon

“There’s a bit of an animist bent—everything has a spirit—but the expected ‘Paranormal Activity’ plot never develops. He says goodnight to everything, but nothing says goodnight back. Could be improved if something replied. Would be perfect if something ate him.” ~ Michael Y. Zions, one-star Amazon review of Goodnight Moon.  ONE: The Animist Bent  I […]

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One morning in early November, a letter arrived in the post.

The Swoon Theory

My friend messages me:
YOU ARE TOO GOOD TO BE THE OTHER WOMAN.
I want to respond:
WHO CONSTRUCTED THE PARAMETERS OF GOODNESS?

Love Fugue

Exposition Jamelle Raizer, my birth mother, was the first in her family to marry a non-Jew. She had long, dark curly hair. Sang as she stepped out of the shower. She gave me away and checked herself into a hospital. When she came out, she tried to take me back. CPS stepped in. “These are […]

The Artifact

I cautiously pick up the well-worn Bible. It’s been years since I opened it, but I used to carry it around with me quite a lot. In those days I attended an evangelical college and we often had our Bibles––in class, chapel services, during talks with friends. The hardback cover is still a little sticky […]

The Artist of the Ugly

THE INCIDENT The pensive screen blinked and The Writer could feel his heart pinging. Thirteen years of work, one page, swallowed into an abyss of lost-forever sentences in less than a second. Manically he stroked his chin, as if his beard were dripping off. Waves of grief passed over him. Perhaps not wholly irrecoverable? The […]