Short Story

From the Abuse Survivor’s Workbook

“I do not tell him that sometimes when he touches my breasts I feel very sad.”

Mar 10, 2017
The Agoraphobe’s House

She drank a bottle of poison. It must have been household cleaner. His poem doesn’t specify.

Feb 24, 2017
All the Ways He Won’t Die

“Someday he’ll meet a fate I didn’t think of, and that will be my fault, too.”

Feb 17, 2017
Train Wreck While Fleeing

Everything seemed like a metaphor, as if I was a teenager or a poet.

Jan 20, 2017
First Citizen of Mars

You’ll survive, Elon said. That’s why I sent you.

Dec 23, 2016
Baby in a Bar

“A sign in the window said No Minors after a certain hour.”

Nov 28, 2016
I Don’t Like Your Tone

In Cairo, teenagers—literal and figurative—were in control of everything.

Oct 07, 2016
Bolano

They watched the uprising on the phone, while eating apricot pie.

Sep 09, 2016
Worse Things

The classified ad said only PHONE WORK and a number. “Look,” he said. “It’s not what anybody’d call honest work.”

Aug 26, 2016
Sarah Is Lacking in Some Departments

“This was her punishment for accepting everything and staying quiet.”

Jul 15, 2016
The Death of Birds

The audience are asked not to begin to die unexpectedly.

Jul 08, 2016
The Ghost of King Solomon

“I tell myself, he is only a ghost; he cannot touch or hurt me.”

Jun 22, 2016
The Second Waltz

“Jin looked at Naomi . . . sibling love mixing with fatal devotion.”

Jun 17, 2016
Perhaps Also Broken

“This game was one in a series of battles stretching into eternity.”

May 16, 2016
The Year the Fathers Died

“They all believed their fathers would continue, would always continue.”

May 02, 2016
The Dentist’s Idea of a Joke

“First comes love, then comes marriage, at last comes dentistry.”

Apr 25, 2016
The Blue Toes

The Tomato had won the election. It was finally the Blue Toes’ time.

Apr 18, 2016
None of Us Knew What to Say

“They became opinionated and we grew bored.”

Octopus’s Garden

“It never strikes her that she could die. It never has.”

Mar 21, 2016
Harsingar

“I didn’t want him to be the one who was disrobing Zeenat Aman.”

Feb 29, 2016