Müllerian Mimicry

Three-fourths of this feeling comes from starting over with Crystal again. An unusual fourth comes from the house’s wide windows.

How Sadie Regrew Wings

Given her dearth of friends, Sadie did worry that her neighbors, mistaking her for a bird, would shoot her down.


What did it take to divert poisonous attention? Beauty. Sinful amounts of it.

Feb 12, 2021
Skunk Cabbage

Kay had promised Louis that she would stop getting so angry. She agreed with him that it didn’t do any good. But what did?

Feb 05, 2021
The Mothers in the Woods

“We owe it to our children. We have to be able to do hard things. Whatever it takes.”

Jan 29, 2021

They do, however, believe in spirits, engkantos, and the bruha.

Rolling Blackouts

Social Security sends us checks every month to say sorry about our mom. A thousand sorries for me and a thousand sorries for Vivian, and we accept them all.

Jan 15, 2021
Up and Out and Gone

They used to launch shuttles from the town, but that was all over now. Space had become derivative and unimportant and old.

Jan 08, 2021
Support Group

The blisters came two summers ago, after college. The biopsy came back inconclusive, so every month I go back to the office for a check-up.

Jan 08, 2021
Bring Your Lover to Work Day

We nibble at the sandwiches and make stilted conversation with one another’s better halves. The managers loom in the corner.

Dec 18, 2020
Self-Contained, Underwater

If she could speak, she would tell me she’s glad my reckoning has arrived.

Dec 11, 2020
And Another and Another and Another Glass of Rosé

We’re each of us on our third glass of rosé when the Bachelorette sends home the Last Man of Color.

Olive Olivia Olive Olive

With the baby came trouble, but not any of the kind the mommy blogs warned Ana about.

Professor Anita Baker

She was frightened by the lackadaisical way he displayed his violence, the way America trained her students.


Maybe it’s strange that I haven’t acknowledged my ex, but how can I after the nails, which are either about me or not about me, and which is worse?

Nov 13, 2020
Before the Cure

He’d seen himself as something different then: greater than he was, more worthy of acclaim.

Nov 13, 2020
Be Vital! Be Vigorous! Ride the Rollercoaster

Talking about it would make me sound mentally ill, and sounding mentally ill—in this economy?—feels dangerous.

Nov 06, 2020
The Housemate

I'm a good housemate. I leave very little trace of myself.

Oct 30, 2020
We Are the Flare

The house erupted faster than it should, but that’s the trouble with dancing on somebody else’s hurt.

Oct 16, 2020
A Seller of Luxury Hair Products in a Texas Shopping Mall Recounts the Wealth of Natural Springs in His Home Country

My mother’s favorite spring has water that reflects her beauty more honestly than a front-facing camera.

Oct 09, 2020