Excerpt from "You Might Forget the Sky was Ever Blue" by Michael Chin

Excerpt from "You Might Forget the Sky was Ever Blue" by  Michael Chin

Charles and I told scary stories. Nothing too scary until Mom went into her tent and the fire died down so there was more shadow than light and we could only see each other’s faces when we leaned in very close. Charles was better at scary stories than me. I always wanted to rush to the climax. Until it wasn’t a story at all, just a summary of gory incidents or people being terrified by my random insertion of a witch or a ghost. By the light of day, Charles explained what I was doing wrong, that it was about building tension and suspense. That’s what made a story scary, and I could understand what he meant long before I could understand how to do it for myself.

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Excerpt from "Desert Fox by the Sea" by Christine Sloan Stoddard

Excerpt from "Desert Fox by the Sea" by Christine Sloan Stoddard

I tell myself all of this as I arrange and paste until I run out of strands. Then I twist, twirl, and tug yet again with the repetition of wiping a soiled child clean. I patch and paste over and over as my woman takes shape. My woman needs no other subject, no accessories, no objects in the foreground. My woman will hang in a gallery. May the whole city see the desperation in her red eyes.

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