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The Arc of the Birch

I have fallen in love with a birch tree. Tomorrow my husband will remove it, a killing he presented as a fait accompli last weekend after plying me with cocktai...

Mascara

Misunderstanding a good deed.Saying I wake up upstairs is redundant so stupid too. Where fucking else would I wake up? That’s where the bedrooms are, du...

Black As

She’s all sharp angles and dark and heavy brooding, anyone can see that. As soon as she opens the door she thumps herself down on the seat, turns to the window ...

Let The Trees Remember

In the Russian Taiga, the forests west of Moscow, there are places where compasses do not work. Where there is so much lead in the trees, so many bullets hidden...

bill

i want to buy a peking duck but i need some money i need to get a receipt for the duck because i am hungryi have to buy a duck because i am hungry for it ...

In the Jade City

The Red RopeThe abortionist lives in the jade city, in a maisonette tucked beneath the jasper bridge. A red rope hangs from the doorknob. After school, her ...

Custom / Conditional

The Rodeo Queen disappeared. This happened during the parade. She felt so wonderful, everyone in town watching, she deer-legged and waving from the back of a Fo...

A Search

Susan’s computer pulls up acronyms. Message-Oriented Middleware. Metal-on-Metal, as in hip surgery. Milk of Magnesia. Made of Money. She puts her finger to her ...

Before There Was a Road

Maybe it began in the cool, green darkness beneath my mother’s rhododendron. Somehow I must have sensed, even at eight years old, that what I was doing was wron...

Sapphires

You realize suddenly that you are made of sapphires.It is the middle of the night and the wind shuffles across the complex lawn and the fridge hums and the ...