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“The Broken Uterus,” “The Animal Mankind,” “Beautiful No. 2,” and Other Poems

translated by Xi Nan The Broken Uterus An autumn morning you stood in front of the window naked clouded by bright light I almost thought a fairy had…


Caught

As Cody loped down the courthouse stairs, he scanned a young woman’s body. Short skirt, sexy legs. A young woman he’d stalked distantly before.…


6 to 6: Book People

I am on the freeway in my taxi going the speed limit with a passenger lady reading her book in the back seat. Without warning, a truck darts in front…


The Dark Lord Arises!

“He’s not a villain, Summer, but he shouldn’t be your hero. He’s more like a demon. Or a super fucked-up God.” --- Morty, on Rick The man tripped…


Unemployed Cowboy

This was in the city buried a billion miles underground. At that depth, things did not melt, they froze: the world subterranean cold, roads heaving…


The Untouchable, Part 1

I. Marcus leaned his salt-and-pepper head back while he sat on the park bench and took in the fresh spring air through his mashed nostrils. For a…


“Comic Book Heroes,” “Imagination,” “Quiet Jazz Nights,” and “It’s That Weird Time”

Comic Book Heroes All he talked about was Comic book heroes And movies He knew all the good ones by name And he struggled, and I struggled With…


Two Funerals (and a Wedding)

Ricardo and I sat alone in my study. Ricardo leaned forward, tilting his silver mane toward me. “How did they die?” The clock on the mantle chimed…


The Mainstreamer, Part 1

I. “You should integrate into mainstream British society ASAP!” My mum is far back in China, but at the moment, she’s on a video call with me. “This…


In the Shadow of the Belt: Introduction

How Do You Discipline Children? In various countries, physical punishment of children is treated differently. According to my friend, a purebred…