February 2021 B (Day 2)

Helter Skelter Draft 1

CW for Rape         On April’s Fool’s Day, 1975, Helter Skelter, aired on CBS as I experienced my first rape at the age of 5. My parents had attended a Manson party at my uncle and aunt’s house and brought me along. My rapist was another guest....

Intimate Tides

Can’t mend nets in flood. No sense drifting down the gutter go butts masks guppies yesterday’s sausage batter fat batten down the hatches no reprieve to rise. See that fridge floating down Main, board and arm paddle use cord as stern line don’t draw attention dice the...

Free Couch

Online Classified Ad: Free Couch. Seen here barely used (except the smudge you clearly notice in this photo, but hopefully you are distracted by the oddly placed poster with the cliché aphorism). Come and pick it up – it’s yours. Pretty heavy. Bring three helpers to...

The Stained Ceiling is Tired

Diaphragm Amputated hand. Three times already. For all I know. Did you hear me? I’m sure he was wasted. You happen to be one of them. Who me? Barely douse a bottle a day. Three guys. Three different countries. The goddamn United Nations. No plans to ever move to the...

Sam Less

Sam sammed his way through life, samming out of a loving relationship with his dad, samming his studies in school hard, his teachers urging him to sam less for the sake his education, for the sake of others’ concentration levels, but samming was all he knew, samming...

Salad Queen

Salad Queen “Stop!” Etta Mae slapped her hands on the table in front of her. She was losing control of this important meeting. “Stop! Stop it!” Twenty-seven women, easily cowed into submission by their president’s anger, sat silent and waited for her to establish...

Footnotes To Our Famine

1. We pass desperate on the way to Encino. In the passenger seat, you turn all you see into a feast: the clouds, the sun, the palm trees tipping west toward the blue blood of the ocean. You hold a cigarette in your limp hand, but I’m the one you inhale. I’m the one...

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