Literal literature litter

Sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar   I know what the caged bird feels, alas! When the sun is bright on the upland slopes; When the wind stirs soft through the springing grass, And the river flows like a stream of glass; When the first bird sings and the first bud opes, And the faint perfume […]


Poking around the past

  Peoples Drug by Sean Enright     Now it’s the Oracle skyscraper but it was Peoples Drugstore back when I bought Raisinets, lighter fluid and label-makers, just a low building next to the pioneer-woman statue, silent stone town founder, a child gathered in her skirt folds, bonnet cinched tight, her birdlike chin, her stovepipe […]


Unmasked at Saks

  The Weakness By Toi Derricotte That time my grandmother dragged me through the perfume aisles at Saks, she held me up by my arm, hissing, “Stand up,” through clenched teeth, her eyes bright as a dog’s cornered in the light. She said it over and over, as if she were Jesus, and I were […]