Cover Photo: Tallulah Pomeroy
Tallulah Pomeroy

Worse Things

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

This morning the neighbor’s gardeners come earlier than usual and drive the homeless girl off her corner with a leaf blower. Once there was a bus stop there, and though the route has been redirected, the sunshade built to protect waiting commuters was left behind.



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Jenny Irish lives in Tempe, Arizona, where she is grateful to serve as the Assistant Director of the Creative Program at Arizona State University (where she has the best students and colleagues). Her work has appeared in Barrow Street, Colorado Review, Epoch, and Ninth Letter. Her collection, Common Ancestor, is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press. 

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