the mother that is Jimmy’s mother and what kind of mother she is
When Jimmy listens to the world sometimes he hears all that is there, and sometimes Jimmy hears nothing. His ears go in and out, a car radio over railroad tracks.
A Driving Instructor's First Experience with a Tango Teacher
the neck of a hen snapping, its eyes doing a slot / machine trick...
He asked me if I felt my beauty. He was acting as though crying was normal, just another man with long hair crying in a freezing room with a fan.
they have to believe there’s more to life / than what they never accomplished
Pass the Joi nt
Alex Summer Melnick
she will join me in whittling / soap into saints / (haints, if you're a rebel Haitian voodoo priestess)
The Way Old Age Ought to Work
He wondered how long he'd be able to keep it up, both literally and literally.
A Brief Autobiography in Palindromes
She was far from beautiful; I had to skin her face with my mind. A skull, denied an expression, is a most earnest thing. "We could go to my place," she said.
Point / Counterpoint
...My filthy handprints on / history’s pages, my portrait painted in / the blood of people I care nothing about.