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Azrael at the Starbucks

There is an art to it, like getting ready for a date. For at least thirty minutes, after the shower, she will do her hair and makeup and assemble an outfit tha...

First Dance

Fuzzy yellow chicks swarm their mothers like bees. At water’s edge, where a wedding drags on, the groom is transfixed. How bitterly each brood chases after its...

I Love You, Mrs. Tresca

My love blooms on the ceiling in my sunless world. Mould merges with ancient water stains to form your noble chin, sharp cheekbones, your gentle brow. Cracks a...

Sleeping Together

Mist filters the moonlight like a fragrance through our open blinds, and we sleep together in the same bed again this night. One week ago, both of us test p...

Mitosis

Intraphase: Homeostasis; the phase before. Each chromosome makes an exact copy of itself so that the cell has two identical sets. I inherited my mother’s sk...

Heat Lightning

When the lightning storms first started we turned to bowling—a nice, grounded sport where the ball rarely left the floor and the shoes felt insulated. We playe...

That Car Salesman Knew My Sister

Every day I wake up knowing I’m going to be shaking-scared for an hour at the absolute minimum. I’m going to drive to work and then I’m going to drive home aga...