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To my 87 year-old mother on losing a tooth

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A hard taskmaster, the sun

A hard taskmaster, the sun. No half measures. While I dig furrows in the earth, he digs them in my face. He is insatiable, drinks our water and now sucks us dry, our landlord. No escape; can’t take the sun to law, nor reason with him. Each day we ask, now, where’s the rain? Clouds […]

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Soundings

Fish inhabit the muzzles of the guns, corals encroach and in the surrounding sands garden eels like spotted, shy umbrella handles weave up and down in the dappled undertow. Below deck the octopus considers with human eyes and high round forehead the careless war’s drowned riches while offering affectionate tentacular embraces to certain tasty morsels […]