Mrs. Bilbo, my first and best teacher, presided over grades one through five at Murphy Adventist School, a two-room A-frame that sat upon a hill, not far from a church whose members worshipped on the seventh day of the week, …
Blood at the Root, by Lee Meitzen Grue. Alamo Bay Press, 2015. $19, 290 pages.
The New Orleans writer Lee Meitzen Grue is no outsider doing research for a work of fiction, but a local resident whose material has been carefully …
Before you died, you delivered
five suitcases to the museum:
a strong man, sawdust,
78s, confetti, backup
wire and/or a lion.
You, the great artist, knew
what was just discard, but we do not.
We assume your art contains all…
I ask you to help me move
the cadaver: you demure.
I ask you to help me conjugate
French verbs: you aver.
I ask you for the sun & moon,
to rewrite the dictionary,
to decolonize modern love.
I ask …
I came back to my barracks room to find my bunkmate meditating in darkness to a cranked death metal album and when he looked up he smiled like Vincent D’Onofrio on the toilet in Full Metal Jacket.
There was …
Broad in both girth and humor and wanton as any
Babylonian, Miss Burlesque Duchess 2015 offers the spotlight a
Bedazzler’s plastic gems hammily winking along her crinoline.
Brows plucked into a Greek mask’s forced hilarity, she
brims over her …
The Loss of All Lost Things, by Amina Gautier. Elixir Press, 2016. $19, 128 pages.
An older white woman who recently lost her ailing husband to suicide stumbles into an affair with a young black male prostitute; a recent divorcee …
My wife and I can’t agree on which shade of gray to paint the dining room. She blames my Baptist childhood.
“It makes communication difficult.”
My heart is in the wrong place, but my head bows in contrition.
She prefers …
While stationed in Spain, one of my friends had his car set on fire. They did it, I’m assuming, because he was American. They didn’t know he had a Confederate flag in his room. Come to think of it, he …
The Hidden Letters of Velta B., by Gina Oschner. Houghton Mifflin, 2016. $26, 301 pages.
The years following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 saw immense shifts in nearly every aspect of human life. Without the ideological …