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A Knock On The Door

A Knock On The Door
James Tate

“They ask me if I’ve ever thought about the end of 
the world, and I say, “Come in, come in, let me 
give you some lunch, for God’s sake.” After a few 
bites it’s the afterlife they want to talk about. 
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Shut Up And Eat Your Toad

The disorganization to which I currently belong
has skipped several meetings in a row
which is a pattern I find almost fatally attractive.
Down at headquarters there’s a secretary… 340 more words

A Wedding

She was in terrible pain the whole day,
as she had been for months: a slipped disc,
and there is nothing more painful. She

herself was a nurse’s aide, also a poet… 208 more words

The Motorcyclists

My cuticles are a mess. Oh honey, by the way,
did you like my new negligee? It’s a replica
of one Kim Novak wore in some movie or other. 326 more words

The Definition of Gardening

Jim just loves to garden, yes he does.
He likes nothing better than to put on
his little overalls and his straw hat.
He says, ‘Let’s go get those tools, Jim.’ 203 more words

The Cowboy

Someone had spread an elaborate rumor about me, that I was
in possession of an extraterrestrial being, and I thought I knew who
it was. It was Roger Lawson. 646 more words

The Painter Of The Night

Someone called in a report that she had
seen a man painting in the dark over by the
pond. A police car was dispatched to go in- 128 more words