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Seeking

  Seeking   I’m at my kitchen table. I can hear the shower running, pouring hot water. I’m so in love.  Humming drifts out of the bathroom on the steam and I’ve got to wonder if he knows how apathetic I am. Sitting here in his t-shirt, with the cold feeling of vinyl fused to […]

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Naomi

“One of the craters of Venus is named for her.”- Marie-Aimée Lullin “Strangely, Venus shows no record of the heavy bombardment period. Either it didn’t get struck, which is unlikely, or some process resurfaced the planet, removing all traces of the impact craters.”- Fraser Cain, Craters on Venus All of Venus’ craters are named for […]

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Trails of Sweet Purple Haze

 Trails of Sweet Purple Haze               If you sit long enough in the dark, you can see your past begin to paint itself in vibrant colors against the once peaceful backdrop of your reflective solitude. It doesn’t matter how much time has passed. It doesn’t matter how far away the […]

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Freaks and Flowers

That morning, I tried to avoid Frank as much as possible while tiptoeing through my morning rituals. I had nearly made it to noon before he heard me putting away dishes, even with my attempt to place them quietly. “Mary, is that you?” He asked, while grazing the granite countertop with his hand, the one […]

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“Saved”

As the vet leaves, I stumble up to the small two-story house, slipping up the steep hill still covered in last week’s snow. Grey’s Anatomy comes on in twenty minutes, and there is nothing that could possibly keep me from finding out if Derek and Meredith end up keeping their adopted African baby, Zola.  It’s […]

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“Unshocked”

            I felt the smooth powder glaze over my skin. My body felt refreshingly cool as I looked over at Gilbert. His face was already half covered in the metallic powder; the shiny paint danced across his face as he gave me a smile. I allowed myself to be taken back to the moment that […]

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Relief

    “Shit man, I never thought about it that way,” Patrick says in a voice that would probably seem to a stranger or unobservant acquaintance to be genuinely interested but I know better. “So like, are y’all in love?” His southern accent is out of place when you look at him. His dark hair is long […]

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The Story of Us

The Story of Us Ricky was the type of guy who didn’t need much. He had his parents, his two best buds from grade school, and his grandfather’s vintage 1960 Stafford electric. It was cliché to admit that Isla had changed everything, but she had. The first day he saw her in the cafeteria of […]

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What Love is

Here’s the thing. When I first enrolled in a love story class I thought, maybe this will teach me all I need to know about love. I thought, since I’m taking a Death and Sex English class and a Love Story creative writing class, I’d be an expert by the end of the semester. So […]

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Papier Mâché

Papier Mâché “What is this?” I asked, sitting at the wobbly-legged breakfast table huddled in the corner of our kitchen. I had the mail from yesterday and this morning’s paper lying across the table. The red painted nail of my middle finger was pointing to a fine print section in the Wednesday Half Moon Bay […]

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I am happy to report that I have had a grammatical epiphany: there is a reason why I have been so inept at using the words lie and lay correctly.. In editing the final draft of my story, I  found that I explore the idea of lying around… a lot. This makes sense as lying […]

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Who Knows Best?

Saturday night, I shuffle down the hall toward the nurses’ station to pick up the chart for my last case before the end of my shift. The nurse at the desk gives me the rundown: “Room three, bed two, looks like his arm’s broken.” I nod and head down the hall. “Doug?” I ask crossing […]

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“Gazebo” by Raymond Carver

Duane and Holly’s relationship is doomed from the moment it began. Carver uses Duane’s affair to display the deterioration of their marriage, but reveals a past that indicates their inevitable unhappiness. Drinking’s funny. When I look back on it, all of our important decisions have been figured out when we were drinking. Even when we […]

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“Interludes” (revised)

By the end of that summer, I knew Alexandra could never fold a shirt without some part of it wrinkling. I knew how fast she could dice an onion: three minutes, forty-one seconds tops, and then she’d go to stand at the window and dig the heels of her hands into her weeping eyes. I […]

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A Reflection

     I imagine it would be suitable to spend a post reflecting upon what I have learned and how my writing has progressed over the course of this semester as I feel this has been a particularly positive semester for me. I questioned, in my post on the Leslie Jamison reading, what exactly a writer has […]

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Carver’s “Why Don’t You Dance” is essentially a mystery.  It seems to be more about what is omitted from the story, rather than the actual events that take place. In the kitchen, he poured another drink and looked at the bedroom suite in his front yard. The mattress was stripped and the candy-striped sheets lay […]

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“Snow” Robert Olen Butler

    My absolute favorite part about this beautifully written story is without a doubt the point of view and voice. How outstanding for Butler to have been able to so convincingly capture the voice of a main character with whom, theoretically, he has almost absolutely nothing in common with. By this I mean, it is not […]

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“Work”, Denis Johnson

  Denis Johnson’s “Work” is a dense, yet disturbingly beautiful story about a drug addict and his friend.  Although Johnson forces us into a nightmarish world, the compelling characters drive us to read on.  He creates a distance between the narrator and reader based on his life-style, while allowing sympathy regardless of his behavior. I’d […]

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“Carnival”

I have read “Carnival” by Mercè Rodoreda twice now. I read it mid semester and became lost and a bit depressed, but I really wanted to give it another try. I am still depressed. Rodoreda has two main characters who are nameless throughout the entire story and perhaps it is a direct reflection into how […]

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“Yours”, Mary Robison

            Within three pages, Mary Robison develops the life of a married couple, Allison and Clark .  Although she limits the narrative to one day, she manages to reveal a remarkable amount of insight into their lives. It wasn’t until I finished the story in which I recognized the importance of […]

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