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It happened up near Pasco, Washington. My aunt calls from Burns to tell me. “Jinella, I got some sad news. Kyrin laid himself down on the railroad tracks up near Pasco and got hit. Far as the cops could tell, he had his music plugged in his ears, you know how the kids do…and his… … more >>>
I FINISH MY READING at a Southwestern Writers’ Conference. I have spoken about crippling pain from a hiking fall and seeing a dust cloud from the Gobi Desert turn the sun moon-silver over the Black Rock, and how a volcanic out-cropping seen against sunset can become figures from a Javanese shadow play. A woman in… … more >>>
Walls, Part 2: Walls. Borders. The wall of no common language. The wall of insisting on being right. The wall of the belief in the Other coming to take everything.The wall of the terror of incarceration deep in the body. The wall of knowing there is more – and it is worse. The wall of… … more >>>
I just returned from visiting a friend roughly 30 miles north of the US human-designated Arizona “Border”. We went to the Lukeville crossing. He bought gas. I watched a Dad and his three kids walk toward the fortified entrance/exit. The pre-teen girl twirled in a few cautious pirouettes. I wanted to ask the family if… … more >>>
He said that those who could do good work but wouldn’t created a vacuum in the world that would be filled by those who could do bad things and would. —Tim Gautreaux, “The Pine Oil Writing Conference”, in his short story collection, Welding with Children. Gautreaux is the writing mentor I’ve never had – my bad… … more >>>
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