For years I’ve toiled,
I’ve worked the earth.
Well, I’ve worked on the earth,
pushing a mower over
a puny patch of grass.
A poem and a lesson.Read More
The poet leans into the microphone,
begs to be heard over the bawling blues
on the crackling speakers from the
Jamaican barbecue food truck,
can’t turn the music down or sales might sag.
I wake up and her face is right up against mine, not touching but real close. I had that dream again, she says. The one with your mama. I roll away and squint in the dark for the time. 4:12. Yeah? I say. She wants more, but my head is thick. Can you tell me…Read More
The first scene in the novel (at the moment), introducing two of the three main characters.Read More
An excerpt from early in the novel featuring Meredith and her party friend Annie, and the first hint of complication.Read More
In this early scene from the novel, we meet Meredith’s dad and Gordie’s grandfather, working alone in his shop, distracted by the thoughts stirred within him by the onset of fall.Read More
Wherein Meredith confides in Annie, and the rising action of the novel is set in motion.Read More
An unusually cold day in early autumn compounds Meredith’s misery, as she faces one of the more malevolent characters in the novel.Read More
Meredith tells Gordie her plan.Read More