The Proposal

Once, I had one hundred imaginary dogs and my nursery school classmates decided to have imaginary dogs too. Siddhartha decided to have imaginary elephants instead with names filled with letters strung together like the pretty glass beads my teacher wore around her neck. I liked Siddhartha because he always shared his crayons.Once, Justin, who lived…

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Party Favors

He passes the old place daily,The abandoned mill where his grandfatherWorked, made his livelihoodAnd sense of his life, making woodProducts, until the job went elsewhere. He thinks about the old man now,Several times a day sometimes.His own father checked out early,Disappeared, followed a dreamThat didn’t include family.His grandfather took him in,Raised him best he could.Good years,…

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The Western Hemisphere

The Western Hemisphere is asleepwith one great eye cocked open fastened to the burning stars that usedto guide women and men to their future and at first glance one may mistakeit for dead and not be far wrong the body collapsed in front of a barrenlibrary huddled under incalculable layers of coarse blankets and buffalo hides, withone prehistoric hand…

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