transdesert gender tryst / at the foot of mount wrightson

transdesert gender tryst / at the foot of mount wrightson

for Aria / for Evita my babyface a cactusone too far to toucha succulentsunset portrait at 5 o’clock come outfrom your tileyour tucson stuccotake the sonorandesert tread with careabout the sharpthistled shadowsinhuman sunsplay on organpipe stems the greasewoodmost...
Magical Marvin’s Mechanical Museum

Magical Marvin’s Mechanical Museum

“Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum” by Jamie Bernstein is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 A strip mall warehouse of machines that my grandpa would take us to on Sundays, where we’d visit with the glass box fortune teller, ride on the three-horse...
Balboa

Balboa

On Saturday morning there was a man on the Balboa Island promenade painting a copy of The Raft of the Medusa. He stood on the sand on the other side of the sea-wall. Aaron and I stopped our walk to watch him. Aaron told him it was a cool painting and that he had just...
Fly Zone

Fly Zone

Photo by Vic Hinterlang / Shutterstock.com We drive south, in the direction of the McAllen Foreign Trade Zone, where my husband’s machine shop is nestled among many others of similar vein, and the international bridge—one of twenty-eight conduits of sanctioned traffic...
95th & Broadway

95th & Broadway

Photo by Jay Dobkin, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons Before I walk you to the train, I have to stoplooking at you for the hour preceding thismoment, in which we are late to the train & you are, therefore, late to your new job, & in thispre-moment, which...
Chagall Windows

Chagall Windows

Photo by ParentingPatch, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons A woman sits down beside you in Gallery 114. “Do you know,” she says, “these were installed just as my mother was dying. “As she got sick, got worse, got that terrible treatment.” You look at her and...