Sunday, September 13, 2020


From Muddy River Poetry Review

Katherine Szpekman - Late for Basketball Practice

line breaks lost!

Katherine Szpekman Late for Basketball Practice There you stand on the driveway in your white socks, holding your sneakers looking at me like you don’t know who I am or why I am shouting to you hurry up my boy, now almost a man. I watch you put it together like Lego blocks – grab water bottle, get shoes on, get in car, and I remember the smell of your downy head, the tingle and swell of milk as we rode the waves, in the green rocking chair, held in a warm ocean of darkness. You hop in, on long legs of muscle and fur, slam the door a little too hard, as always. This time, I don’t correct. You caress the orange globe in your lap, fingertips read its pebbled surface, palms slide over black lines of longitude. Your scent is salty and mossy, like seaweed and wet leaves in fall. You have joined a new tribe. Sweat beads on your forehead, whiskers have sprouted on your face, and your jaw sits sculpted and determined. We drive in silence, like passengers on a bus getting off at different stops. The day’s last brush strokes sweep pink and scarlet, orange and gold. Twilight is but moments away

Saturday, August 29, 2020


Four Disconnected Truths About My Father

by James Tadd Adcox December 20, 2009

My father calls me on the phone. It’s been years since I last talked with him. He asks me how I am, asks how’s the wife, how’s our kid. He says he was watching TV and he saw an ad for a local college and started to think of me. I wonder if he’s a little drunk. His mood changes, he’s quiet for a long time while I talk, and then he tells me that all my education ever did was make me think I was too good for people.

When I was younger, right after my father left, my mother would make maps for me and my brother to go on treasure hunts. She would crumple up pieces of paper and soak them overnight in water with a little yellow food-coloring, then, when they dried out, she would draw a map of our neighborhood, changing the objects around us through the labels on the map: storm drains became dungeons, the cul-de-sac on which we lived became the Dead Sea, etc. The illusion, my brother and I discovered, could be kept up only so long as we didn’t find the treasure – because the treasures were inevitably something we didn’t particularly want or care about, a toy from a Crackerjack box, a piece of old candy, sandwiches wrapped in foil…

When I was twelve years old, someone broke into our house while we were away for the weekend, shattering the window downstairs and stealing, in addition to most of my mother’s jewelry, several of her dresses. My mother was convinced, for some reason, that it had been my father – even after the police apprehended another man, who had carried out similarly bizarre robberies in the area, and, as it turned out, whose fingerprints were found on one of my mother’s dresser drawers. Years from now, after my father has died and my mother is living in an assisted-care facility, when my wife and I visit her, my mother will speak in a whisper about “that time your father broke into our house.”

When I was in college, late at night, drunk, I would sometimes call my father. He never picked up. Usually I ended up talking to the machine, and I would spend the minute or so before it stopped recording telling it, point by point, the wrongs my father had done us: the months without responding to calls from me or my brother; the times, when we were younger, when he was supposed to pick us up for the weekend when he simply didn’t show; the forgotten birthdays, forgotten Christmases, forgotten Easters, etc. Once in a while my father’s new wife would pick up. She must have worked at night – she always seemed wide awake, even if it were one or two o’clock in the morning, and was always faultlessly polite. “I’ll tell him you called,” she’d say. “I know he’s always glad to hear from you. He talks about you and your brother all the time.”

Monday, December 16, 2019

Just a collection of inspiring writing examples

The Art of Dying

Kenyon Review

Gulf Coast

Electric Literature

Friday, August 31, 2018

Problems with Star Trek

The list so far -

1  Weekly trauma. Every 7 days the highest ranking officers on the Enterprise are subjected to terrible danger or significant stress. Those events are usually life threatening. But nobody shows signs of PTS.

2  The highest ranking officers survive every terrible event thrown at them. Only minor crew members get killed - crew members we've never seen before.

3  Every single alien the Enterprise encounters is 'humanoid' in appearance. 

4  Every alien has a mouth and communicates by sound. There's never any reference to how the translation into english happens. The translation is automatic, smooth and accurate - no problems with stuff getting lost in translation or encounters with aliens who DON'T communicate via sound.

5  The technology on the ship is similiar to current technology - how come touch screens and tablets are still in use that far into the future?

6  The Klingons have figured out cloaking technology, but the rest of the Federation hasn't. After the Klingons joined the federation why didn't they share their cloaking technology with others?

7  No-one is ever shown using the holodeck for sex. In an emergency people will walk in and interrupt officers in the middle of a holodeck session - they never catch them out having virtual sex - no-one is concerned about PRIVACY.

8 Have viewers seen every part of the ship? Sometimes the main characters walk down a corridor past unknown crew members. Where are those minor characters going?  What job do they perform? Example - Are they on the way to a huge 'laundry' room where uniforms are steam cleaned ?

Friday, March 30, 2018

Alicia Gifford's Blog

See Links to stories - where are you NOW Alicia?

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