I don’t understand it, this tinder so difficult to quench by the minute; cigarette flung from car to brush and I am overwhelmed by the burning smell. The highway like a Continue reading

The Hummingbird

A blur in the periphery, like the mind if the mind were airborne, a buzz among leaf and orange blossom, the long beak pressing quick into flower after flower, high on Continue reading

A Suggestion

Helen Plane, a Civil War widow and charter member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, spearheaded the first attempt to carve the Stone Mountain memorial. She, too, was a Klan Continue reading


The wasps are dying in my son’s bedroom, and each morning I rush to collect them before he wakes and finds them on the floor. On my knees, cheek pressed to Continue reading


Thasos, Greece You begin with the bones, their honey- combed crevasses airy and bloodless, the marrow gone to dust. You finger the hollow cranium, imagine hooking each vertebrae into place—threading together Continue reading