The Room of Wonders

After Jay told Miguel and their stepfather Hank about his firefighter training—climbing three-story ladders, rushing upstairs as controlled fires raged, running sprints at the college track—Miguel made his first mistake. He rocked back in his barstool at the kitchen...
Three Poems

Three Poems

Linguistic Exogamy In this dream the house is silent. My mother closes the piano. She opens her mouth and I add in her words, like fear, and adoration, the terrible translation of a hygienic room. Even then it is different from what I want to hear, nor have I felt it....
Five Poems

Five Poems

Avalanche After the tumbling of a wave of snow has quieted and you are trapped in depth and whiteness, you should clear a space in front of your face to breathe of course but also to drool. It is the drooling, the movement of it, where it travels that guides us –...
Promotion

Promotion

At the donut shop, Victor followed the manager Kurt’s instructions and asked his first customer of the day if she had an AARP card. “You get a free donut if you have one.” The woman hesitated, her eyes widening a little, and she shook her head. “I just want a bagel...
Leaving Key West

Leaving Key West

I was cutting through the park when I saw the heron. The first time I’d ever seen a heron up close, Key West was new and I’d stopped to watch the bird as it waded near Houseboat Row. I wanted it to catch a fish, display it in its snorkel-tube throat, and swallow....