Prologue

Prologue

A note: This is a segment of a larger work that has been consuming my time lately. Tread lightly—though this work is fiction, it nestles in a space close to my heart.    The day after my mother died, I walked through the unclaimed property behind our house. The heavy snow was up to my [...]

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Taxidermy

Taxidermy

His hands moved nimbly over the bird’s outstretched wing. He could feel the heat of the lamp to his left and see the dark mass of his shadow falling to the right side of the table. The ache in his back started at the base of his spine and climbed up each vertebra until it [...]

Midnights

Midnights

It’s dim in the back parking lot of the high school. Their shapes move together, pushing and pulling each other until they reach the perimeter of bushes. With the parking lot at their backs, they stop to catch their breath. Noah’s heart is hammering against the curve of his ribs, his breath billowing from between [...]

Strange Fruit / Ekphrasis

Strange Fruit / Ekphrasis

The woman sits alone. Clothes drape each side of the mattress like fallen curtains. She perches on the edge like bird overlooking her nest. The brittle bones and jutting knuckles of her hands are clasped tightly in her lap. She twists them like interlocking gears. Objects cave in around her. Books have been stacked, knocked over, and restacked. The [...]

This Body Is a Cage

This Body Is a Cage

The porcelain bowl is cool against his clammy cheek. He shifts, and his skin squeaks against the smooth surface. The sound and the pull of flesh makes him wince, but the white side of the toilet is a relief as he presses his forehead against it. His body is curled in on itself. He is [...]