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The Kaleidoscopic Story

Kaleidoscope

Perhaps the only way kaleidoscopes can forever renew themselves is by not asking you to look into them, but by asking you to look out from them. Why not?

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The Gods Watched

Gods

At first there was one god. As far as it knew, it was entirely alone in an endless expanse of nothingness.

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An Unwelcome Calm

Woman fishing in bikini

Her body required more than his: more heat, more alcohol, more specialized treatments, and always more attention.

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A Stroller in a Supermarket

Supermarket aisle

Bare backs, bare arms, strong scents. You haven’t touched another human being in a while. Sharing spaces imbued in aroma is intimacy.

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To Consider When Missing Your Sisters

sisters

Think about the time Elizabeth tried to kill you. How she threw one of your mother’s navy blue pumps at your forehead. She hoped the three-inch heel would go straight through your skull and lodge into your brain.

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Jack & Emily Texas Roadside Incident, Summer 2012

West Texas Roadside

It’s the adult thing to do, thought Jack, to help people if you can. Then, no, he thought. It’s the childish thing, the need to find out if the world’s promise of danger is real.

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Hibernation

Woman Hibernating

Louise decided that in the winter she would hibernate. She created a cave in her bedroom closet and filled it with modern necessities.

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Bridge

Bridge

Once, when we were younger, Mr. Shabadogi, Navid and I threw pennies into the water below the bridge and wished we weren’t spending Thanksgiving in Baltimore.

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Queen of the Damned

Girl

Lucy is pregnant. She calls the clinic and makes an appointment for her fourth abortion. She is twenty-three.

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Nice To Have a Man Around the House

Nice to Have a Man Around the House

Just because a man shows up on your balcony doesn’t mean it’s a good thing, no matter how agreeable he is.

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We Are The Pretty

We are the Pretty

We talk about you behind your back, Samantha Oswald. In the hallways and the bathrooms and the cafeteria. In the locker room after field hockey practice. You’re very popular.

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A Bird in the House

bird-house

Life is not how you thought it was. An intruder is in your house. Glassy, unclosing eyes have been watching your most secret rituals.

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Please Note That I Am Not Burt Reynolds*

Burt Reynolds

There was probably a point when I should have mentioned that I wasn’t actually Burt Reynolds.

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Babylon

It had to do with desire, the Eugene O’Neill sort of desire, the sort that you can’t ignore, that you shouldn’t ignore. It would be wrong to ignore.

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Lovely Theater

Blue Eye

nothing linear for the learned, no betters, none worse, no caste, but processing, there’s only 10 kinds of people in the world, the on-off switch fires or doesn’t fire for them, the on-off switch doesn’t exist…

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