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Belmont Park

Belmont Park

Robert Boucheron writes on the experience of a daily walk in a neighbourhood park

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A Curious Thing Happened

A Curious Thing Happened

If she had known what lay in store for her that day, she might have worn better shoes. She had squeezed her feet into narrow…

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The Nighttime Crossing

The Nighttime Crossing

There was finally a moonless night when Andrew drove his car to Sandy Point and boarded the last ferry of the day to the Eastern…

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The Visit

The Visit

Garland Breazeale was the last lawyer remaining in the courthouse’s library. Of course, “library” was a generous description for the cramped space in the building’s…

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Long Before The End of The World

Long Before The End of The World

It’s under my skin, spread out like a thin layer
of drying pus between the transverse ligaments of my forearms
the ropey muscles that pit in the backs of my knees

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The Dust Eater

The Dust Eater

She squats by the sluggish cerise tinged river
Under a heavily laden tree with debauched fruit

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Mother Drinks Wine on Thanksgiving

Mother Drinks Wine on Thanksgiving

Mother, out of the nursing home for Thanksgiving,
skeletally osteo-arthritic at ninety-two, smacks
her thin lips at the first taste of white wine like
Priscilla, Queen of the Wine Harvest;

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The Unknown Masterpiece by Honore de Balzac

The Unknown Masterpiece by Honore de Balzac

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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