Stories & Poems

Busker

Published in Star*Line, Fall 2013   Peaked green woolen cap clamped over spilling shaggy ringlets, goat-eyed, crude lips puckered amid the curled fire of his beard, he heaves into reed…
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Exit Ramp

Published in Main Street Rag, 2009   For my teenage brother in a stolen Chevrolet, the exit ramps ahead were all possibilities, potential tangents boogying off into sunburned pastures surging…
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Stepping Off

Grand Prize Winner, Sidney Lanier Poetry Prize, April 2011   Sunset sips away its light from Gunderland Park, while the lynx-eyed blond girl in drill-bit curls waits to see which…
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The Dragon’s Cook

Published in Silver Blade Magazine, Fall 2013 A dragon named Fume lived in the mountainous dukedom of Etbourg. He was over three hundred years old, the size of an overweight…
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Flutter Fruit

Published in Metro Fiction, March 2014 Cody’s hospital room smelled of chlorine and peppermint. I waited while the nurse in a pink smock injected medicine into his IV drip. She…
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Whistle Pig and Ale

Published by Crowded Magazine, September 2014, Australia Whistle Pig and Ale Jaella was translating Arabic ghazals into English when she felt Nagdaddy’s cringing terror, the spasm squeezing through her stomach. …
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Magic and Murder Among the Dwarves

   SOMETIMES YOUR WORST ENEMY IS INSIDE YOU. Is Amanda’s psychic ability a blessing or a curse? Recently widowed, she moves to a mountain town to quietly grieve and to…
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Watermelon Knights with Trueberry Hearts

  Whether this is the first story you’ve ever read about an Iguana, a Texas Toad and a Swamp Rat, or just another one of many, be prepared for a…
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