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Love Deep Down in Her Bones

She leans over him
so close she can
still smell her milk
on his breath.

Inhaling deeply, she parts
the shroud of silence
that separates them… 211 more words

Snatches of a Friday Afternoon Conversation

He said
But I don’t want to hurt you

She said
Don’t worry my love is bulletproof

No bitter lies steeped in desperate loving
     can destroy… 100 more words

The Painting

I see your face in
dreams that leave me

in perspiration

In one dream
I am painting your face,
unguarded, open,
your essence fills my… 32 more words

Dying Flower

Deep down
there’s a place where I
have learned to suppress desires, to
let them wither and

My silent suffering is

rooted in the fragile… 9 more words

Jessie Mae-- Installment Two

The sudden chiming of bells startled him. Looking back out the windows, he saw that Jessie Mae was no longer standing where she’d been before. He at first ignored the doorbell thinking it must be her at his door, but the bells became one long sonorous clanging as if though someone were resting a palm against the bell. 802 more words

Jessie Mae - Installment One

I’m currently revising one of the short stories for my short story anthology (date of publication TBA) and decided to feature one of the stories here in installments. 1,099 more words

Americanah -- A Review

In her latest novel Americanah, one of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s characters says that “You can’t write an honest novel about race in this country.” The character, Shan, goes on to say later in the novel that, “…if you’re going to write about race, you have to make sure it’s so lyrical and subtle that the reader who doesn’t read between the lines won’t even know it’s about race.” For this reason, I almost decided not to write a review of the novel. 752 more words