Ulysses the Cat

Stretched in the sunlight crowning Calypso’s shore the big cat dozed, small blue crabs drown in a capsized silver urn, cream filled and slopping beside him. Why long for plump tuna steak and cheesecake crumbs when Apollo scratches behind your ears and no storm clouds threaten tender olive saplings with shaking? That rural, stone hearth […]

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She Goes Away

Mothers who love their children take them along.—Maxine Hong Kingston, Woman Warrior When my mother goes away she visits men in cages; she has always known the words: revolutionary, dissident, are synonymous depending on who locks the gate. When my mother goes away she takes me with her sometimes and we walk along the causeway, […]

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