Archive for the 'Main Artery' Category

The Totem

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

[Haida Slate Carvings, by Edward S Curtis, 1907] She chewed quietly at the pencil. From time to time, between bursts of frenetic key banging, she would yank the gnarled wood down from its familiar perch to scrawl some illegible note across the cluttered page. Screen, keyboard, pencil and paper, they were all tied together in […]

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Smoke at both ends

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

[Still life with rooster, by Louis Ducos du Hauron, 1869] Lost and profound, the two sit amidst the wide spray of chatchky half-memories. The boy can’t take his eyes off the beak: the brightest splash of sunshine yellow he’s ever seen. The elder speaks over his circling thoughts. She’s talking about porcelain eyes and lacework […]

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Anticipation

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

[Come In, by Katie Tower, 2010] The room was dark. It was too dark to see the covers; too dark to sleep. “You ever notice your ears twitch when something unexpected happens?” “What?” “You know, like when a loud bang makes your face just sort of jerk real tight. It’s weird.” She was silent. It […]

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Homebound

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

[Grass at Night, by Elliot Moore, 2007] The engine idled beneath him, its occasional cough and sputter mirroring the hiccups in his own head. The lights were on inside the house. His mom would still be up, watching the late show; his dad likely passed out like a drunken uncle on the couch. There was […]

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Scaring crows

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

[Falling Leaf, by Rosh, 2009] I knew a scarecrow once. He was not afraid of crows. Not at all; though they smelled poorly, and hacked away viciously, and infested him with lice and mites. He didn’t mind the violence. He overlooked their sundry ills. For you see they kept him company, as they were not […]

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Streaks

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

[Man at window, Haymarket Theater by Robert James Lucas, 1925] He stared through the perfectly unstreaked surface. Beyond lay the vacuum of night; between he could see his reflection trapped within one-quarter inch of glass. The blackness made his eyes look hollow, his open mouth capable of swallowing a midnight’s worth of regret. The old […]

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The Lady and the Wolf

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

[Dunham Massey, by Christopher Furlong, 2009] There was a bug. A lady bug. She was the promise of life. She came in the time of flowers and first figs. She brought with her the dream of smiles and ruffled hair and laughter. In the winter she was not to be found. There was a wolf. […]

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An Attempt

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

[Reaching for Heaven Genesis 11, by Ruth Palmer, 2009] He tried. Not once or twice. Not in passing, nor just for the show of the thing. He tried with the quiet, unflinching confidence of internal necessity: with certain fingers reaching after a thing that they must, at any cost, acquire. He tried with all he […]

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Fading Together

Friday, May 1st, 2009

[Rust on White, by Bruce Gunion, 2009] A splash of rust freckled her long waves of hair. Or maybe that was just the sun winking down at him, reminding of the deep red curls she once wore. Her talc white skin was not smooth, as it had been. Time had blanched her features with the […]

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How’d That Get in There…?

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

[Digital Prometheus, by Scott Eaton, 2006] They wanted a super-soldier. A thing of muscle and testosterone and unchecked aggression. They stirred him together in a deoxyribose cocktail: Frankenstein’s Prometheus unbound, one nucleus at a time, in a blender. “Here’s Patton’s pinky toe”, one said. “Don’t forget Sun-Tzu’s wisdom tooth”, said another. They argued over the […]

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