Monthly Archives: October 2016

That Time of the Month

He expands in my pocket like a tampon filled with blood. He’s getting bigger and stronger, beats his way out of my purse. Now there’s a hole in the leather, wallet and credit cards fall out; I bend down and pick … Continue reading

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Elmo, My Golem

He slinks around in a navy-blue hoodie and sweatpants, black leather gloves pulled over his hands to hide several missing digits, my fault for not shaping five good fingers from the left-over cheese and crackers. Now he looks like Elmo … Continue reading

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Creation of the Golem

He floats in my dreams like debris from a Shreveport wreck, and in a last ditch effort to ban his jetsam from washing up on my shore and decomposing on freshly clean sheets, I create a profile, list six things … Continue reading

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Hotel California

After listening to the opening riff of Hotel California, he moans in the passenger seat next to me, arghhhh! I suggest he take a chill pill. He groans again, but it’s like the guy’s missing vocal chords and I can’t … Continue reading

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The Golem

We’ve had this talk before when I didn’t know who else would listen to me standing at the last bench of Leona Canyon—you know the one—dedicated to the Jalquin people circled by dried thistles like petrified tongues? How you drifted from the house before ashtrays were emptied, butts … Continue reading

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Art History Class

The wholeness of self-lubricating antibodies inspired by knitting patterns cut and pasted into chromogenic prints looking like a goddess of that for which there is no god where blood of young men done up in red, white, and blue ribbons, … Continue reading

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Yizkor 2016: Kehilla Community Synagogue

Hear Lenore read “Yizkor.” White robes and prayer books automatically flip to the right page, and the cantor, voice of the synagogue, possessed by the spirit of the sanctuary, blesses us with a three-fold invocation, passed along through the centuries. Facing each … Continue reading

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Refugees: for Muriel Rukeyser

A rubber dinghy off the coast of Italy cream cheesed two hundred and fifty Syrian refugees 29 men asphyxiated 19 women. No more treats from the table of the dead.   Kamar wonders how to use the toilet standing on one … Continue reading

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Terrible

dumpsters, backpacks, garbage cans in the officiating moment alongside a sidewalk of cement slabs cellphones dangled people running in traffic faster than a subway pressure cooker ticking off minestrone minutes diverted brownstones along Second Avenue empanadas pupusas Turkish coffee demitasse … Continue reading

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