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The Sidewalk

There’s this woman who sits outside a convenience store I pass sometimes. I first was drawn to her because it was strange for me to see a woman, who could easily be my mother, sitting outside on the ground. Surrounding … Continue reading

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Very Superstitious

In one of the stories I’m currently working on, my protagonist, Ruby, purposely drops a mirror on the floor. The act is a defiant disavowal of the superstition that says, break a mirror and suffer seven years of trouble for … Continue reading

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Panama Club, 1950

Waiting. Almost as dangerous as holding one’s own breath or inhaling the milky breath of a newborn baby as it rushes out to meet the cool side of the pillow. Breathing as a shallow act. Languishing in the wait, taking … Continue reading

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Young, Black, Gifted, & Dead

Young, Black, Gifted & Dead Life is a Greek tragedy when you’re black like me. The menacing quality of the color of my skin was birthed while my mother was still covering me. A murderous plot to overthrow me was … Continue reading

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