Monthly Archives: June 2012

Object Lessons

Disposed to loving comfort as we age, we rush from work to kitchen, bed or bath, as if a foot massage could manage rage, as if a DVD could blanket wrath. We snooze commute with earphones or we drive with … Continue reading

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Ty (End)

I saw him last night. He was dressed up, in his way. Wearing his crow and even an eye patch. It always amuses me when he wears the patch. Gives him a rakish look. Implies that he can see something. … Continue reading

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Ty (Middle)

Ty tells me all birds talk and no birds talk. He says they have separate valves on their bronchiae, so they can warble two simultaneous but different wavering tones, and those two tones fool our brains into hearing words. It’s … Continue reading

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Becoming Birds

Becoming birds we trade our arms for wings, transform our mouths to beaks and let the air replace our marrow. Fast-forsaking things like counting and manipulation, hair is complicated into feathers, hued and patterned: evolution’s male parade. The embryos are … Continue reading

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Ty (Beginning)

Crazy people walk here. Not dangerous-crazy, though some are clearly off their meds. More like bizarre-crazy. I looked up “bizarre.” My dictionary says it comes from the Basque “bizar,” for “beard.” I live in Berkeley. I was born and raised … Continue reading

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Lullaby

The trouble with the mainstream is its tendency to lull, conducting and inducing us to sleep. The current is hypnotic and the atmosphere is dull, the water neither turbulent nor deep, and floating in the middle of that stream, entranced … Continue reading

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Life File (2 of 2)

“The thing is,” Denise would start her speeches to Dinah, forefinger aimed like a pistol shaking with her vehemence. “The thing is …” She stabbed the air with those words. She’d be bouncing naked on her twin bed, on her … Continue reading

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