Exodus

It’s a squeeze onto the ships; there are arms and legs everywhere. The queues at the bars are eight deep, and there’re whole families shouting…

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there is a time in every young man’s life when he must kill a snake

there was a heat wave one summer and things were frying outside people feared the air spread cureless fever and bolted their doors one night…

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i felt ‘machiavellian’ this morning when i slithered out of bed

i looked through my bedroom window and thought ‘machiavelli’ and i whispered ‘machiavelli’ then swallowed and felt ambivalent i pictured myself dressing and walking in…

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Bicycle

A friend of mine told me a story about her twin sister Mary, who was over- weight. She went to see her family doctor. He…

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Time

I am a history professor. Last night I had a strange dream. The government had invented a time machine, but there was a problem—it could…

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How to be Brilliant

be constantly shuffling stacks of papers, but never the first or last to leave a place. happen. fill your studio apartment with used books that…

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Cloudy Honey

for a. toliver the flowers are wilting. the rosemary wears anger like a leather jacket. i dream: i wake up with jesus, a phone ringing…

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Dinah at the Bridge

The way the women fight for your bed here. Barter for the bed and the mandrakes, the favor of the Lord. The way the sun…

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Before and After

It was not a diet; it was better than a diet. Instead of altering his food intake or spending his lunch breaks on a tread-…

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A Dream about Arrival

I came here on a boat. It took months. It was a wooden ship with enormous square sails—maybe a schooner; I don’t know. There were…

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