Cloud Hunting

Yesterday, we were out in the back, shooting at clouds.  Except for the shots, it was quiet as a pond.  Me and Dave firing our 22s into the air, just a few rounds.  On a day like that, you don’t [...]

Swimming in Money

Counting backward in dog years, I fell asleep during my trial. I dreamed I saw the ocean for the first time. The sea’s blue voice opened the sky’s solemn jaw, while the waves’ tingling excitement [...]

It All Depends

Admiring the corporality of animals, we’re parked in the ghost car. I have an indoor question: How many misspelled thoughts must I have, anyway? There’s nothing more beautiful than wanting the [...]

Afternoon Rendezvous

The temperature crawls through the room. I swallow you, like a glass of water. On the floor, our deserted clothes rest comfortably as a sleeping husband recovering from a cardiac event. Your [...]

Perfect Background Music

How does one build a robot snake? Like the Little Mermaid, with different kinds of scales, and a tail with a rattle?  I’ve studied elastic statues, and I can assure you that skin is of no use. [...]

Even the Trees

Why don’t you go outside and get some fresh air, Randal? It’s not good to stay indoors and vanish. There was no arguing with Aunt Jane. Of course, the new apparatus had arrived and was dancing, [...]

What I Liked About You

Lost in sleep’s dark river, you, untranslatable, like a photograph of perfume. And that’s what I liked about you: shipwrecked heart, inescapable smile, Novocain eyes— like opium-soaked cloisonné. [...]

U.S. Military Occupation

MATERIAL HANDLER*  Loads, unloads, and moves materials, including Jesus slippers, grid squares, dynamited chicken, and left-handed monkey wrenches within or near plant, yard, or work site; A [...]