“I Think About You,” LitSnap
Others think about dishes caked with last night’s debris. Or laundry. What the weather’s gonna be like this weekend. If it’ll ruin their cookout. Their run. If the kids will get sick–because they always get sick. They’ll sink into couches with remote controls so they don’t have to think. But if they have to think, they’ll think about vacation, retirement. A bucket list of wants they think about while surrounded by coworkers and computers or in between beeps of “Can I take your order please?”
I think about you. Continue…
“Again, Again,” Knee-Jerk Magazine
In the otherwise empty schoolyard, the teenage boys ran after their prey. Saturday. Trees loaded with springtime leaves. The sun, the birds, the flowers, the bees–all there, all watching the boys and the girls, whose smiles, hair and shrill laughter surged as the boys drew near. The girls held their hands in front of their budding chests. The pincer hands of the boys just missed their targets.
Johnny stood inside the bedroom he shared with his three younger brothers and snuck glimpses of the kids through the streaked window when his father’s back was turned. Continue reading…
“The Actress,” Black Heart Magazine
The woman on my right is Last Year’s It Girl, according to the trades. Bits of white powder cling to, then puff out, her shaved down nose when she laughs too loudly at the Aging Actor’s joke. During a gulp of vodka with a splash of cranberry, no fruit, the chalky, wet drops of her nasal discharge barely miss my fuschia toenails.
Everyone’s eyes flicker past mine and land on someone behind me. I turn to see the Actress. Continue reading…
“The Last Summer,” Fried Chicken and Coffee
My friends would head to the pool that day. They’d show off their new boobs in their new bikinis. Point out which boys they wanted to date. Make plans without me for our upcoming sophomore year.
Angela paused and spun her car keys around and around a finger. She didn’t much like hanging outside the porch in all that heat, but on account of the situation, she was kind enough to pretend otherwise. Continue reading…
“Bootheel,” collaboration with artist Sequoia Bostick (forthcoming)
Comic short for A More Perfect Union, an anthology of stories of private life and the life of the American nation, edited by Ronald Montgomery.
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