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Month: January 2010

Rivers

I Sun paints clouds blue redAgainst skies filled with diamondsLeaves skid over frost Down past the left bankRiver sloshes into nightLips smooth as mirrors Catfish in dark depthsProwl for creatures legged and finnedCloud wafts into night II Evening red riverMirror smooth, artery strongSwallows like skipped stones Trout rings glide ashoreAround…

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Comprehensive exams

Listen, I’m in this rut. It came on easily, unnoticed. I finished with finals after a long, long summer of intense reading and study. The test itself was more of a mean-spirited hazing than a test of anything I knew or didn’t know. Everyone says it’s like that, as if…

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the very late show

Insomnia is a kind monster. It comes with the rustle of blankets, the sudden and single snore of my lover, the restlessness of imagining. It’s soft, sleeplessness. Half awake, I think of a poem, a word game, a need to do something I forgot. Then, I’m awake. Instead of laying…

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Fuck me

There are some days I just don’t want to come home. Being scolded, chided, ripped, and criticized just are not my ideas of a good time. But with wife and kids, it’s going to happen. And though I do my best to keep out of everyone’s way, to do what…

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Skip the hip

Ah, Kansas City. Our money-intensive media feeds bad information, rank opinion, and outright falsehood into the mainstream. Lack of accountability has made the Kansas City media—alternative news print, blogosphere, or any other new media—a really rotten place to inform ourselves about anything. The link between “media” and free press in…

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