He was wearing jeans, a HARVARD sweatshirt, and His name was Abu. He was floating twenty feet above the Chrysler building.
It was a squirrel. And, to his credit, the doctor did say it was a trained squirrel before he let it loose. I was on the table as he said it and I thought back to my early twenties. “I’ve got a stomach of steel!” I’d told my friend who’d just poured me a shot of hot […]
I stood in the swank lobby of a SoHo high-rise arguing with the domesticated ex-marine leashed to the front desk. He had a hole-punch of a mouth and little black eyes. His name was Jim. I pointed at my face. “Jim, you’ve seen my face a thousand times. Look!” I pulled at my nose, eyelids, […]
A small man stood in my driveway. He was waiting for me. He pointed. He had eyes like flying saucers and no nose. He said, “I AM KLUBBIT!” He had a French accent. I walked outside. The sun pounded on the poor little man. “What do you want?” I asked. “I have to get to […]
In the mirror, I attach the fake ears and tug the hat onto my head. “It’s the wealthiest Preschool in St. Peter,” K had said, “they’ll pay you a boatload to just stand around as an elf for their Christmas party.” I sigh now, as I did then, resigned. I wash my hands and step […]
**Artwork by Marvel** (This fairy tale was prompted by the artwork shown above) The Turtle was born with the world on his back. Well–not exactly. The Turtle was born with his mother on his back, his father atop her, atop them were a series of grandfathers, grandmothers, aunts, uncles, great aunts, great uncles then great-greats […]