david mcnicholas

Going to Reseda on the 405

Under justin-bieber-haircuts, they giggle like the bachelorette, bouncing, swaying to Bananarama, covering their mouths with hands that were unable to keep him away. ~ At the Arcade, they watch videos of cops chasing criminals with weapons while playing video games...

Seven Professions

Pigment Eaters They feast on indigo. For dessert it’s Kafka and ozone. Their autopsies reveal dusk, orchards, chimneys, lichen, silk.   Apothecary Society Their prayer: each syringe teaches us to sleep. They gibberish the wind with Ambien, the light of...

obit

Obituary for Larry   Not drugs, but the prioritizing of them over food; malnutrition—ironic ending, after decades with hepatitis, backyard shootings, and drunken accidents—none of the expected deaths—he lingered, languished, ghost in flesh, and, oh those ruined...

Furies

This was a big departure. I know they no longer serve alcohol there, but this could take place decades ago... And it could be one of many countries, but i located them in Iran/Persia as it needed to be specific...   The Expatriates   Their wallets whistle solo in...

Spring

Write a fantastical poem or story involving talking animals or fictional beasts. Spring You pollinated me. It was the right time of year, you said, so I let you touch my sticky lips. Fuzz slipped down my throat as you rooted around my petals with your tongue. I...

3 Shorts

Got So Hot in The Garden castrated the hard- neck garlic. A Sphinx presided and denied me                 iced tea.  A True Tale on The Origin of The Fox Looped gasps of eternity inside a gif of a drag queen.  Let’s Now Take Questions from the Audience A coelacanth...

a short thing uncounted

You Left Him at 45 When Your Children Graduated, or Those Women Who Hit on Me Online   Jumped on OK as your peri-menopausal horniness got out of control. In your head, you became a lesbian because you thought that was the opposite of married to him. You asked...

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