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Artificial Flower Garden

excuse me this chambray tie / this cummerbund, these plain chops, / these dull lips. I’ve no guilt for gild's sake.


Poetry, Fiction, & Nonfiction   

Duplicate of Casanova

When you greeted each other / your palms / like embers in cigarette stubs / red and hot / showed from your sleeves

Polar Mathematics

A polar bear travels two hundred miles and arrives in Iceland. It climbs onto the shore with a great lumbering. It is an accident of travel. It is an animal…

The Nurses of My Dengue Fever

She would fly from the islands and fall in love with a white boy like me, start a family, get lost in a medium-sized Midwestern city...

Duplicate of The Trophy

I'd never felt so sad engraving a trophy before, like I wanted to throw it away when I was done with it.

From the Archives

Polar Mathematics

A polar bear travels two hundred miles and arrives in Iceland. It climbs onto the shore with a great lumbering. It is an accident of travel. It is an animal…

Casanova

When you greeted each other / your palms / like embers in cigarette stubs / red and hot / showed from your sleeves

Interview: 7 Questions for Megan Mayhew Bergman

When I was growing up, I idolized a woman whose animal rescue habits ended up driving her husband away. I think she’s lurking in this story...

Two Transactions

He stared down the neck of the guitar like a rifle sight. The shelves in the glass case between us were lined with switchblades, laptops, engagement rings and arrowheads. A small fan on the counter blew only on the clerk. BEWARE: GUARD FERRETS, said a sign taped to the side of the register.

From the Blog

MASS CULTURE AND THE AMERICAN POET:
THE POEM AS VACCINATION

I once drove around southwest Arizona with a photographer named Pedro, from Mexico City. His specialty was making ethnographic forays into North America,…

Travels with Steve, and Good Writing

My old friend and former teacher Steve Orlen and I walked many miles together along the wide avenues of Tucson, Arizona. Our promenades usually took place…