for Edward Gorey
for Edward Gorey
Every time Sarah looks across the farmyard from the kitchen, she sees the debris that litters the lengthening weeds between the house and the barn. Fou…
The priest saw him first, as he faced the congregation during the litany, the homily and the vows. The bride and groom saw him during the vows, from th…
Officer Harris watched how they moved around, every day, each day little different than any other. In the early morning he watched how they drifted out…
Hank couldn’t smoke in his room, nor anywhere in the building. You would think, he often said to himself, that in treating one big addiction they would…
Sammy folds the letter neatly, bending the bottom third upward, aligning the edges and pressing a sharp crease with his thumb. Then the top third, down…
“I’m a hoteller,” Harry would always say, beaming with mirth, after he had strolled up to the front desk, leaned on his elbow at one corner, and gazed …
The street traffic outside moved in a steady blur, buses and cars streaming just beyond the parallel-parked cars that lined the curb. The pedestrians c…
Ollie was dozing off again, slumped on the backless stool with his shoulders pressed against the cigarette rack behind him, when the electric door swoo…
They walk slowly, arm in arm, along the downtown street. They lean toward each other for strength, for support, to keep from falling to the sidewalk sh…
As Richie reaches the car, his cigarette has burned nearly all the way down. He sits behind the wheel, alone with his thoughts, remembering, and flicks…