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1 min read stories

Discover a collection of stories which are around 1 minute read time.

1 min read

Next Time They Will Wow Them With The Shiny Stuff

Luckily, the Indians see them coming. They see the sails. They are picnicking, the Indians. They have spread their blankets up on the rocks, where there is a...

3 min read

Small Spade

Did you know sometimes I take little Joel to your graves? I weed. He runs whooping through the stones, over bodies. He scalps Indians, beheads terrorists....

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Miles Til Empty

The boy’s dad always waited until the last possible second to stop for gas. It thrilled the boy’s dad and annoyed the boy’s mom, though really this is saying...

2 min read

The Kissers

A man in a baseball cap stands in line with other men waiting to kiss a woman. The men are all sorts of men: fat, short, freckly, legal aides, dishwashers....

3 min read


My bed has been made, though not by me. Who has made this bed? It is one more thing I cannot figure out.For many years I made our bed, to give our children...

2 min read

The Making

* Story contains bad language

We made eyes across the room. We made each other’s acquaintance, whatever that means. I made a move, you made a face. We made out anyway. We made bad...

1 min read

Lucy Anderson's Lament

A Negro slave is all I’ve ever been Since snatched, branded with a red-hot poker Stripped bare and whipped aboard lying unclean Fettered and chained with an...

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Casting Off

Cast off the mooring ropes at bow and stern head out into the early morning mist hoist the big mainsail, free the jib, and turn feeling the filling canvas...

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The Taxis

In the first taxi he was alone tra-la, No extras on the clock. He tipped ninepence But the cabby, while he thanked him, looked askance As though to suggest...

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The room was suddenly rich and the great bay-window was Spawning snow and pink roses against it Soundlessly collateral and incompatible: World is suddener...

3 min read


It is patent to the eye that cannot face the sun The smug philosophers lie who say the world is one; World is other and other, world is here and there,...

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Meeting Point

Time was away and somewhere else, There were two glasses and two chairs And two people with the one pulse (Somebody stopped the moving stairs): Time was away...