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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...

Sphincters I Have Known and Lost

“You want to hear about all the times I’ve had tubes shoved up my penis?” There’s a sentence I never thought I would ever speak...

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...

My Endgame

The last few moves you make in a pursuit, such as business or diplomatic negotiations or in strategic games such as chess, are your...

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...

Sixteen Paris Crossings or Art in the Time of Crisis

When the Museum of Fine Arts re-opened in February, I went directly to Gallery 232 in the Art of the Americas to see 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...

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...

The Fig Tree

Because of the virus, we moved to Sonoma, into a little house we have on the top of a mountain, with its gnarly garden...

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...

Reciprocal Identities

I admit a degree of relief that my youngest daughter is so different from me. My bookshelves are lined with novels and two...

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...