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The Myth and the Miserable

The Myth and the Miserable

I was in love with a mythical creature for the longest time. I didn’t meet her by the sea; she wasn’t washed ashore by a…

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All the Love in the World

All the Love in the World

The year after she left, my mother visited our house in San Diego only twice. The first time, she came with a U-haul truck and…

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Unforgotten

Unforgotten

It was the day before Christmas in Calcutta. It was 1997, and the city, like its name, still retained much of its old world charm….

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Insignia

Insignia

a leaf has come to the door
so bend the ear to whence we
reinvented ourselves through
curlicues of air,

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From the Beginning

From the Beginning

Did you exist in God’s mind from the beginning?
Persisting as light that shined from the beginning?

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Letters to Federico

Letters to Federico

Your initial lines still as unreadable,
Final lines just as your self,
How your words had gradually
Ascended
Into your overwhelming sense of
Shame, sorrow, and fire.

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Too little salt, too much sea

Too little salt, too much sea

your
teethmarked bones
ached for
a
lie

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Gooseberries by Anton Chekhov

Gooseberries by Anton Chekhov

Every month, The Reading Room showcases a short story, or excerpts of a book, from some of the greatest writers the world has ever seen.

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