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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,...

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...

Shame and Blessings at the Coin-Op

Just before the virus drifted into the world, a friend I’d recently met texted that she was nervous. Her washing machine had broken at...

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...

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...

White Hair

My mother's hair is white. Bright white, like the inside of a mussel shell, iridescent. Fine lines on a pink scalp. But only for...

Chisinau, 2017

There are moments of stillness and moments of motion. The evening of my arrival in Chisinau, I take a slow walk down the frozen...

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...

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...

Off.

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

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...

This Will Be the Last Time

The very last time I saw Jimmy—the one who held on and whom I let go—he was not himself. I had taken Winston, our dog,...