Fiction

The Third State of Matter - A Lonely Riot

Imagine that you are not a part of this time and place, but another. You were born on the Caribbean island of Martinique, sometime after 1885 but before 1897. You grow up in a poor family, in a poor country. Your father might be a fisherman, or he might work on a sugar plantation, or he might do nothing at all.

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Fruitcake - Kentucky Review

I was ashamed of my conscience. I’d never done anything like it before. But I’d just gotten back from my mid-morning run and it was waiting in the hallway of my building, a brown cardboard package with “Collin Street Bakery” stamped in old-fashioned letters on the side and addressed to “Mrs. Marlene Donaldson” via a sticker on top.

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Buttoned-Down Fiction: - Ivy Style

Buttoned-Down Fiction: - Ivy Style

When hard work was valued and patriotism was a virtue, men wore oxford cloth button downs. My father wore one each day – coming home from the bank in tie and sport coat, returning from the bar with his tie undone and shirtsleeves rolled up, lying in repose at McMahon’s funeral parlor in his very best suit.

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