Horse Sense

When they set fire to the understory of Hitchcock Woods,
the firemen lean on green signs that read: “Burning Today.”
Their helmets forgotten or lost, they cannot help but blink
and think of themselves, too, flaring briefly in the shade…

Literature Quiz #1

1. Of Charles Dickens, Angie Dickinson, and Edgar Allan Poe, who isn’t your favorite author? Why?

2. Who isn’t your least favorite, and why?

3. What are the positives and negatives of each author? Please don’t comment on literary style, …

Harold Jaffe

Harold Jaffe is the author of 26 volumes of fiction, docufiction, and nonfiction including Goosestep; Death CaféSacred Outcast: Dispatches from IndiaRevolutionary BrainInduced ComaAnti-Twitter: 150 50-Word StoriesParis 60Jesus Coyote; 15

The Gap of Time

The Gap of Time

The Gap of Timeby Jeanette Winterson. Hogarth, 2015. $15, 273 pages.

The Gap of Time, Jeanette Winterson’s latest novel, is the first in the Hogarth Shakespeare series, which features “cover” versions of Shakespearean classics. In Winterson’s case, she …

Dead Horse

He threw strawberries at birds to explain existentialism. So it went for the narrator of the story I read. I gazed out the window, snow on the ground.

In the street, a man pushed a cart full of batteries. His …


The snow globe shaken so hard
trees and people float loose above
the tiny alpine village. An unappealing
afterlife, heaven in a knickknack,
although no one still stuck
seems to notice, each holding
the same pose they had before.