I was living in a box room in a two up, two down in a northern town. Each day I would walk to work at the café, past a nun who pushed a mower across a tiny, withered strip of …Read More
The dulse lay dry and ample on the flats beside the sea, and the tall girl’s mother had caught a tenday’s worth of mackerel, but the tall girl was still sad.
“What’s wrong?” asked the tall girl’s mother, holding a …Read More
I attended two different schools after primary school. At one of them, there were lots of strange occurrences: a body was once found by the school’s main door, which opened onto the cluster of houses built into the hillside to …Read More
Always, the light from the holes in the aluminum roof woke Namanya. After a moment of nothingness, she felt the ache in her back, turned in bed, and came to herself. Her back was urging her to stop bending over …Read More
I buried the dirt into the ground . . .
I’m just going along when the memory hits me. My younger brother waving
his hand is so vivid . . .
Waving his hand in the direction
The only evil consists instead in the decision to remain in a deficit of existence, to appropriate the power to not-be as a substance and a foundation beyond existence, or rather (and this is the destiny of morality), to regard …Read More
Dennis, Walter, Ryan, Will, Buddy, Henry, Trevor (translated from the Spanish by the author with Daniel Mamarian)
The dog’s name was Junk, but Grandmother wanted him to be called Grey-hound. In the end, when she was around, we just said “Dog,” but she insisted on calling him “Greyhound, Greyhound,” pronouncing the name as if to train him—and …Read More
“All I ask is that you behave,” Roman says as he gets ready to step out.
He is a new lecturer with a one-year contract in the Slavic Studies Department at Alabama University, which has tasked him with coordinating …Read More
Men are coming to take Mom’s bed.
Her quilts and blankets and sheets and throws are covered with cigarette burn holes. I strip the bed and fill four big black garbage bags and cram them in her closet whose door …Read More