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My Night of Fundraising

In the winter of my junior year at college, I found a squirrel. The squirrel was frozen in a block of ice on the...

Tasseography

I don’t believe in psychics, but I might owe something to one. Before my mother was born, my grandmother Jo had her fortune told by...

She Wants to Lead

Havana Club is a cavernous and windowless room, designed to make patrons of this popular dance venue forget about time as though they’re in...

Leave Me Alone

I return to something like consciousness lying outside the gate in the driveway, partly in the county road. Our big akitas whine and leap...

Melophobia

Content warnings: Discussion of sexism, brief mention of sexual harassment and assault. Well, she was just seventeen / You know what I mean (The Beatles 1963) And...

You Are Here

I am nearing the half-century mark, and the veins and capillaries of my body are breaching. As the bodies of my daughters, smooth and fresh,...

Animal Instinct

We’re only halfway through this hike, approaching the longest hill on our walk and Luna’s lagging behind a bit. I’m not annoyed. She doesn’t...

Did You See an Asian Man Hiking in the Woods?

While we had been in in the Adirondack Mountains at Tupper Lake since early June, it wasn't until mid-July when I could finally hike...

Pillapalooza

Diphenhydramine, Spironolactone. Celebrex, Xtandi, Robaxin. I would sort my father's pills by linguistic patterns: syllable count, consonance, alliteration. I liked Omeprazole because it sounded...

Love Letter to My Soon to Be 13-Year-Old Black Son

This essay was originally published in August 2020, but in honor of all mothers everywhere, Pangyrus is sharing it again for Mother's Day 2021. Dear...

Pocha

My friend, Leticia, is in the middle of telling me a funny story in the Spanglish we often speak together. We’re on an escalator...

What Remains

My husband’s aunt died of COVID-19 last week. She stopped breathing as her son and husband were driving her to the hospital. By the...