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The Dragon Slayer

To court the favor of pregnant women, the hospital began offering free pain relief during childbirth. But Elo would have none of it. In a dry dusty terrain wit...

The Corvid Among You

We watch you, though you usually don’t see us. You see us the way you see taupe public restroom stalls, cantaloupe seeds, crosses on churches. We are always bu...

Insect Music

I’ve been sleeping with my husband again, but last night I sneezed twice, and he shouted “Not good! Not good!” and rolled away. I left to sleep in the basement...

Brushback

They’d called it a “sports park,” but it was mostly just go-karts and batting cages. Now, there’s a for sale sign out there, posted on the rusted fence. There ...

Recesses

You’re eight or nine and you can barely fit in the pantry because it’s mostly taken up by a broken washer and dryer that have been broken since they’ve been he...

Family Echo

Waves of sound beat against the shores of the heart, returning as echoes transformed into electrical signals, and then, an image. A wand in the hands of a tech...

Nuisance

On his way home from the ceremony, Ah Gong studies his Red Star Award for Outstanding Teaching. He pets the ridges of the wax stamp, the cocky tail of the supe...

The Road Ahead

I took the ramp hard, swerved back and forth over the rumble strip as we exited the highway. Onward, a New York City reservoir on my right, down a steep embank...

Leviathan

Polar bears are nesting in the freezer again. Twelve this time, lively and rambling, sleeping on our packets of frozen peas, humping each other on our ice c...

Voyeur

I come to your place because there is nothing else to do on a Tuesday that might as well be a Thursday, leftovers furring in the fridge, the haunchy cat demand...