Three Stories: Le Domaine, Staré Město & el desaparecido

“My mother planted the lavender bushes by the gazebo. They attracted bees in the summer and the buzzing of the bees and the soft scent of lavender filled my head with dreams.”

“It began to snow lightly as I walked to the bridge. The city was grey stone. Follow the pigeons, Alice had said, and I crossed empty plazas and entered dark tunnels and emerged into the light and no pigeon or angel flew up in my path.”

“Manuel didn’t go by Manuel anymore by the time I met him. That is how I should have known he would disappear.”

A triptych, because I love the word.


Love, Blue Glass, the Sky, Mine

“The railroad boys are ghosts. They sit cross-legged on the tracks and stare into the sun, like they’re waiting for some meaning to fall from the sky and tug their eyes open. Or closed, maybe. I don’t know the faces of most of the boys, not anymore. The older ones go missing.”

I wrote this story when I was 19.  The writer Ma Thida once called it “very emotional.”


Restless Books

Many congratulations to the winner, Deepak Unnikrishnan! I’m super excited to read his book Temporary People when it comes out next year.

Excerpts from my novella, “The End of Peril, the End of Enmity, the End of Strife, A Haven.”  Thank you Notre Dame, South Bend, Hoosiers.

Also, I do own more than one shirt. This is just my lucky reading shirt. I get now why people do lucky underwear instead.

“Sole Tal Luna”

Shouts out to Johannes Göransson & the translation workshop, Maria Rosa Olivera-Williams for introducing me to Cristina Peri Rossi, and Michael Keenan for his chapbook Two Girls.

Mother of Pearl


–the plague

–anarchists who believe in lovemaking

–a dead horse in the river and a tired knight

Caketrain 09

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Caketrain’s contributors have included Brian Evenson, Michael Keenan, and Rob Walsh — all of whom are awesome/were my teachers at Brown.