Primitive Allures

“My hand will always remember the density of those silver dollars, the dead weight as I tumbled them back and forth, the dull clink as the coins touched. The nature of the weight offered a lesson in value too; you knew by a sense of the coin’s unique inner gravity that the silver was pure,Continue reading “Primitive Allures”


“Two events drew Kneeshaw’s attention away from the Green Child. One was the death of this father, together with the expanding trade of the mill—the mill absorbed more and more of his time and energy. The other event was less creditable. One summer day he discovered the kitchenmaid asleep in the barn where the hayContinue reading “Plinth”

Not Like Tramps

“And here was another place and another girl. Oh, how lonely she was, from away back in Minnesota. A good family too. Sure, honey. Tell my tired ears about your good family. They owned a lot of property, and then the depression came. Well, how sad, how tragic. And now you work down here inContinue reading “Not Like Tramps”

When the Light Cools

If night is our last address, This is the place we moved from, Backs on fire, our futures hard-edged and sure to arrive. These are the towns our lives abandoned, Winds in our faces, The idea of incident like a box beside us on the Trailways seat. And where were we headed for? The countryContinue reading “When the Light Cools”

The Cracks of a Gate

ANYTHING RATHER THAN AN ANGEL – Zbigniew Herbert If after our death they want to transform us into a tiny withered flame that walks along the paths of winds—we have to rebel. What good is an eternal leisure on the bosom of air, in the shade of a yellow halo, amid the murmur of two-dimensional choirs?Continue reading “The Cracks of a Gate”

Imminent Equilibrium

“Most of all I enjoy central-heating control rooms, where men with higher education, chained to their jobs like dogs to their kennels, write the history of their times as a sort of sociological survey and where I learned how the fourth estate was depopulated and the proletariat went from base to superstructure and how theContinue reading “Imminent Equilibrium”