Tag: summer 2021

My Mother in the Big City of Paranoids

My mother had a habit of calling early in the morning. The earlier the better. The phone would ring and every time I’d answer, I’d

Conjuring

I was always braver at night—the middle of the night, like two or three o’clock, but fraught with the anxiety that the alarm would buzz

I Am Not a Warrior

I balance the prefilled syringe on my bathroom counter and rub the spot of my soft lower abdomen with an alcohol wipe. I pinch myself

Caturday

The cat surpasses Ash in Instagram followers. She tells herself she doesn’t mind, but she does. Gone is that flighty ping of validation fluttering in

Bradford Pear

I wake up to the voice of a stranger in our yard. Through the window, I see an older man inspecting our fifteen-year-old shriveled, diseased

Taking Care

It’s been three days since she made the man leave, and she has decided she will go to the grocery store.  This is partly because

Honey

There’s an old woman who lives in an old cabin out in the woods. The old woman has always lived there. Sometimes, she’s seen pulling

Not by Halves

I. A month into ninth grade, my first period geometry teacher sets a Tootsie Pop on my desk before class starts. The sucker is grape-flavored

Reclamation

It would take nature five years To replace the city of New York With a forest In twenty, The skyscrapers would start to collapse back

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