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As usual, you start with the door to the fire escape. You see that the latch is locked but you unlock it anyway. Now...

Echolocation

When I was 13 and my parents were doing okay, we had a house with pillars. It was just a split-level ranch, but the...

How I Became Greta and Alan

For an absolute stranger, Bob Coyne calls a lot. Over the past two years or so he has called at least once and sometimes...

An American Alphabet*

*Or more aptly titled, A White American Alphabet--26 Letters Towards A Language of Repair. A​ is for the ​Allen residence​. The Allen residence is where Wendell...

The Secret Life of an Old Maine Shoe

The shoe didn't fit, but its worn condition told me that it had fit someone once, some woman to be more exact; but that...

Letter to the Future

Soojin texted bright and early, hoping to gather Alexis and me for prep. It was time for our close-up: two international adoptees back in...

My First Reading, St. Mark’s Poetry Project, 1975

I gave my first major public poetry reading in June 1975. It was the St. Mark’s Poetry Project annual workshop reading. All of the...

Kinship

On the evening of Valentine's Day, 2019, Marisa, Arianna and I gathered at Kinship where Marisa worked as a hostess. She had just left...
Bethesda Fountain

Coming of AIDS

Dedicated to every angel in America—then and now. Coming of age, as I did, during the 1980s meant that I came of age in the...

Will Work for Textbooks

Jack was breaking the rules of our arrangement the first time he told me he loved me. I was twenty-four years old, and I...

Shelter in Place

The family is the chosen unit of measurement for so many things. During the pandemic, we were instructed to shelter in place, and this...

What Kobe Bryant’s Dear Basketball Can Teach Us About Legacy

It’s been about five months since Kobe Bryant died in a fatal helicopter crash that killed nine people including his thirteen year old daughter...