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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 >>>
We are exactly as lost as each other: Even the most particular is happening to everyone. —Paul Celan, a Jewish survivor of World War II There is a wall in one of the last genuine old local diners in the town in in which I live. The staff hand out crayons and paper to the… … more >>>
We occupy worlds within worlds within worlds. In the years I lived without the internet, my worlds were within my skin within my cabin, within the little town, within the generous gifts of the natural world. Now, I work on the internet and, too often, I live within a world of cruelty, bigotry, injustice, murder… … more >>>
I used to read articles on suicide bombers in other countries and wonder what it would be like to be afraid to go to the store, a coffee shop, a shopping center, a clinic. Now I know. I got out of my car in the parking lot mall and realized my heart was racing. A… … more >>>
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