THE POLICE STATE

I ride home under the waxing moon at 2am on streets that are still vibrating. People are out, police are out, there are remnants in all directions. I ride towards a group of police cars with naive optimism, and get told that I am not allowed…

LAVENDER RAIN

The rats are going to war against each other. We told you this was going to happen. I come home and douse myself in lavender oil. I feel namelessly anxious, and keep breathing deeply, constantly aware of the inhale and exhale. Seems like…

DOING THE RIGHT THING

What happened to the American Spirit? What happened to that concept of mutuality? You know there is still a simple premise that you can’t find in a book and that Washington hasn’t written regulations for that’s called “The Right Thing.”…

THE AMERICAN DREAM

Surrogate babies born illegally in the Ukraine. A swelling online marriage business in Japan. The global theme is connection at all costs, with screens, contracts, pets, children. No one wants to be alone during a crisis, it seems. All the same…

SHE’LL BE COMING ROUND THE MOUNTAIN (WHEN SHE COMES)

Some think we are already on the other side of the mountain. That we have reached the peak, flattened the curve, descended along the ridge and endured the plateau. But what if we are really just running from a volcano that is getting ready to…

OPHELIA’S MOONSHINE

It had to be in tulle, of course. With puff sleeves. Baby blue. Iridescent and irrelevant. “This is Made-To-Order Fashion for the Existentially Pissed Off.” It makes me happy, she says, which I don’t feel too often. She was 16…

NAHARIN’S VIRUS, AKA LIFE FORCE

Listen to the crows in the back garden. They are saying something. In the crepuscule blue I hold myself, I heal myself. For once, I do not think of you. ... An hour later the crows are still talking, this time on the other side of the…

HELLO SIR, HEY SISTER

(On all those things that lie outside our spheres of knowing) I was very very emotional,” Jack said. He paused. “I’m using the word emotional to cover up the fact I was crying like a baby.” (NY Times) ... The rhododendrons in…

TEMPORARY IMMUNITY

I kept my hope just like I hoped to... (You shouldn’t break your heart over the small shit. It’s time to show them what you’re worth.) Does your anger make you full? Damn permanent reverie. (What could be worth it to them to sacrifice…

BOONDOGGLING

We are speaking now about FACTS PEOPLE ACTUALLY BELIEVE. (As distinguished from political facts, or personal facts, or opinions. Though it does seem important to distinguish at some point what exactly we mean when we speak about FACTS, what…