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Kathy Fish

Repair Man

The repair man dreams of cogs and band saws, electrical circuits and wires, and takes his work clothes to the Wife Saver Laundromat in the retail strip near their apartment building. Mattie reads...

1 min read · Rating: PG · Read story

Baby, Baby...

Ling is weary of men who rush for trains and sacrifice their briefcases to the doors. She wants to stick her pregnant belly into their noses. Six weeks after giving birth, Ling goes back to work...

2 min read · Rating: G · Read story

Watermelon

You broke icicles dripping from the low eaves and brandished them like swords, cut my cheek, dropped your weapon, grabbed me around my waist before I fell off a cliff, and ran away anyway,...

< 1 min read · Rating: G · Read story

Daffodil

You broke icicles from the low eaves and brandished them like swords, cut my cheek and dropped your weapon, and made to push me over the edge of a cliff, but grabbed me around my waist before I...

3 min read · Rating: PG-13 · Read story

Margaret & Beak Discuss Jazz For The Last Time

It rained hard all morning, and Beak's toes were numb from the pelting. He asked if she wanted to hear some jazz this evening. The waiter balanced a tray of fresh coffees, holding a menu over his...

3 min read · Rating: PG · Read story

The Hollow

The girls play in the hollow, their mother works hard and bakes olive bread and cinnamon rolls, and they walk to school. The girls are frightened because their mother looks like a crazy person, and...

4 min read · Rating: PG-13 · Read story

All The Good People

Jane and Sheila wait tables at Mazzio's Italian Restaurant and are on their cigarette break out back in the alley by the dumpster. They smell of garlic and tobacco and are wearing polyester peasant...

4 min read · Rating: PG · Read story

He Once Had a Dog Called Dick Nixon and Other Stories

Mr. Lippert dresses as Santa at Halloween. The local farmers practice a centuries old method for pinpointing the onset of spring by lighting a candle at midnight on fallow ground. Wildlife of South...

12 min read · Rating: PG-13 · Read story

Space Man

Space Man, alone and out loud, presses the button to eject from his failing spacecraft and imagines his pretty girl walking toward him on a boardwalk or even on Pluto or some star, a surfboard...

< 1 min read · Rating: G · Read story

Sidereal

Her brother returned late at night, showering her bed with wrapped and tied things, and when he said careful, the snow globe, his arms and legs broke off, broke apart, like kindling.

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There's a Hole in Your Shoe, Mr. Stevenson

In 1952, he walked her home in the freezing rain, kissed her hands and said, Let's name our firstborn Adlai . She laughed and said, No, Dwight .

< 1 min read · Rating: G · Read story

Empty

It rains all over them, their hair and their clothes droop, their bare feet slap the pavement, and they don't duck and run. The place reeks of manure and corn dogs and Tom Thumb donuts, and the...

2 min read · Rating: PG-13 · Read story