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The Cave

Posted on Jun 26, 2008. See more in Fiction

by Jose Saramango Harcourt Inc./A Harvest Book, 2002 I”ll admit it.  I did not love Jose Saramago’s All the Names.  For me it seemed to meander, too often a bit pointlessly or at least at greater length than seemed necessary to me.  Personal opinion.  Others I know whose tastes I respect found it breathtaking.  And there were indeed certain...

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Flyboy

Posted on Jun 17, 2008. See more in In My Words

Flyboy In grainy black and white, you pose on the wing of a plane. A flyboy, they promised free lessons. You saw an easy sling shot ride out of that four corner town, thought high in the sky it would all fall away, the father who played but never won, the mother who grieved the other son. “Free.” they said. Unless the world warred – then, of course, there...

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Last Mother’s Day

Posted on Jun 17, 2008. See more in In My Words

The slap of the door is what she heard. Though there was no door. There was no house. There was only that sound. The slap, slam, shutting of a door on years that began with a cry in the night, a Child to be fed, the Mother’s breasts pounding with milk and the Child sucking, sucking until the Mother was dry. Years when Bumble Bees swelled to the size of...

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