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The first time Victor and Jorie made love was a week after the party. She couldn’t call it shagging or boinking or fucking or any…

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was a view of two neon signs that said "fresh meat" and "bass bait," respectively, which was bad enough, but the view from the hotel…

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Every city seen Awakening from the air is upthrust They are fists of light shaking a dare towards the clouds Taunting mountains with unrestrained hubris…

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I’m missing places I’ve never been. The pandemic pause has derailed and initially dampened my wanderlust. But the urge to adventure and explore has raged…

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[Two men from prior scene two years later.] From the front hall, James Belcher called, “Father, we’ve arrived,” as he handed his topcoat to an…

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She sat in the car at Walgreen's Parking lot again. The glow of the damp, dark pavement mixed in with the lights of cars coming…

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The quiet dancer in the blue sequined dress laid like a corpse in the person size indentation in the concrete. Assistants walked from room to…

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The place was big The driveway long The meadow sweet and bright, the dogs wild and free Everything was set out for the wedding Gardenias,…

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Things were different at Kimmie’s, inside the yellow house with the purple door. The first time Jorie stayed for dinner, after the beach-side birthday party,…

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[Ongoing story, here early in the story: Merrill internal dialog after their mother leaves in the middle of the night. Only he saw her go.…

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When I was 10, my Great Uncle Bill, who I remember only as an elderly man with a hearing aid that I saw at big…

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We talked without stopping about Kira, the Black girl who wore the belly-expanding jean overalls, and Sharon, the smoker out by the rock who disappeared…

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