Depression: The Motherland

Originally posted on Catastrophe Jones:
You think you know what it is to be in the black hole under the paws of the black dog surrounded by and suffocating from a black heart because you have been there. You say you have been there. I say you are lying; I see that you are lying,…

Universe

Alaine

                        God finished developing a cure for cancer in the backyard lab late one night. The calendar on the wall was full; it would be 2022 until the cure could be unveiled on Earth, for in between were floods, elevated sea levels, and one very nasty dirty nuclear bomb…

The Two Years of Trent Lewin

  Pretty much to the day, that I’ve been really blogging.  I don’t know how I got here, really.  Well, yes I do.  My wife encouraged me.  She is something else, and I’m so glad I listened to her.  So what have I gotten out of blogging?  You.  All of you.  And you know who…

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This is Trade

              Quan skins chicken in the garage.  The skin is cold and gels under her fingernails.  The chicken goes in a pot sitting on a propane burner.  Quan has been assured that if she uses the burner with the garage door closed, she will probably die, so she keeps it open a few inches. …

Genesis: The Short Story That Never Was

              The broccoli was yellow.  But after Charlie swept the rock of sand and cut up the florets, they cooked well on the surface.  Yellow and all, they tasted fine.             He put on his goggles.  They turned the land blue.  But it was the cape clothes that made all the difference, three layers…

Fallow Wounds

           The first time I had the dream, my mom stayed with me until I went back to sleep.  The second time it came, two years later, I sat by myself and stared at the ceiling.  Then I went to the window and looked outside.  It was cold, fall.  I stayed…