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Zumba Class

The gym houses ten rows of ellipticals that stretch back from the water fountain to a carpet of fake green turf. It’s where people self-sort in front of monitors broadcasting three types of shows: CNN for the news junkies, ESPN … Continue reading

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My Toyota Corolla

There have to be at least ten other white Corollas lined up in the mall parking lot. Doesn’t matter. Something in my body responds to the curve of its fins, even though fins on cars are about watching Saturday Night … Continue reading

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An Extra Hand

Felix stared at a tree before the next kid invasion. The tree must’ve been planted when they first built the community center, past being a sapling and now growing branches. Pick up kids from school and bring them back to … Continue reading

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From the Lower Depths: for Dorothea Lange

A living room in the street beneath the freeway where a dog barks 24/7 tied to a clothes line a sawhorse corralled near a barbecue pit pallets and bedspreads rescued from last year’s construction site a chair missing one arm … Continue reading

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The Art and Heartache of Losing a Cat

My cat went missing. The same day I lost my car keys. These things happen in pairs. Which is why I’m anxious. On the bus I check my backpack a dozen times to make sure my money is in the … Continue reading

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July Fourth Meditation on Love

It was July Fourth and early enough that most people were still sleeping in their beds unless they’d decided to get up to stake out a spot at a local picnic ground for their family’s festivities, spreading out the blanket … Continue reading

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Sant Feliu de Guixols

Women made the fishing nets valued throughout northern Catalunya like the black lace they specialized in knitting fine and delicate. Manuel Zalvide in charge of licenses punished fisherman if they were caught using any others from this town on the … Continue reading

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Desolation (after Josef Llimona’s statue at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya)

I’m headed toward a terrible outcome. How can I be sure? Ask anyone. They’ll tell you. How my Italian marble is too white and how I give in to myself way too easily, slumped over my arm without coordinates or … Continue reading

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Drug Money Down Payment

A drug dealer gave us the down payment for our house. I was in the first trimester of pregnancy and we were renting a space that could’ve been listed as a closet, one staircase above a pizza parlor. Everything was … Continue reading

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The Big Bang

followed by the Raptor Jurrasic Park the snarky Apocalypse Yeats’ Second Coming rides again two panoramic percentage points almost makes a killing Elijah opens a door wants a cold beer no chairs nothing to speak of what’s long gone John … Continue reading

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