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Object Permanence

1. The first time my father disappears, I believe he’s gone forever. He slips behind a veil of his own fingers, and everything I know about him—his twinkling...

Exit a Goddess

Every year, I was sent to stay with my grandmother during the ten days of celebration for Dussehra. Sometimes she went all out and had a nine-step golu in celeb...

Spring in Chisinau

Gorgeous morning in the awakened city, fresh new green, the angled rays of the sun glittering in spider webs, birds twittering, the fragrance of buds, grass dre...

Happy Hunting Grounds

A Black Rhino with the H&H At noon you took the rhinoceros in your sights, a hook-lip with eyes full of stupid glory. A string of oxpeckers perched acro...

Driving Home with Invisible Todd

There were deer eyes everywhere. Staring out from the brush at the edge of the trees on the other side of the guardrail like white Christmas bulbs glinting in t...

Biking with Kaiju

I release my bike from the darkness of the shed and climb onto the cool seat, soaking in the new spring sun for a moment before I start pedaling. My skin is ele...

Abracadabra

Abracadabra It was once a word with power, before hokey top hats and scarves stuffed up sleeves: write it on papyrus eleven times, dropping the final letter ...

Authentic

We were sitting at a table near the bar, but closer to the kitchen. It was noisy there, what with the crash of pans and the cooks yelling at the waitresses to p...

Caveman

I remember thinking it would be funny to disappear from the trail when my parents least expected. We walked in a line beneath the pines with Mom in front and me...

Pearls

A black tile T stretches across the floor of the hotel pool. Last time I saw tiles like that I was six and convinced they were hammerhead sharks. But then I had...