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Catatumbo Bari – The Zipper

To fall onto the top of a Colombian kapok tree and watch the sun rise—that’s a good way to get over yourself. Watch the jungle steam. Pick at the roots of the baby tree growing on top of the big tree. Wave at the scavengers staring at you while they chew.  With the southern sun […]

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Omaha, Versailles – Big Louie

King Louis XIV hadn’t pissed in a pot that cost less than three fortunes since…well, never. In fact he’d never even had to hold his zizi while relieving himself. Upwards of 1,300 perfectly obedient girls, women, and eunuchs had held “the honor” and uncountable more had appeased it. Even when compared to the most bodiless […]

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Over Mompos

Is there a space in this cylinder of sky through which I descend, she wondered as she freefell, that has never been warmed by bird, beast, or man? There’s the sun, coming up, there, hello sun, lighting up Taima-Taima, appreciate that. Shook her head slightly to tip the thought back toward the center of her […]

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Belize – The Conquistador

One of his dozens of offspring would father progeny that would trickle down through latitudes of generations and spurt out the wheezy furball that invented Velcro. Another offshoot would punch Houdini in the stomach. More than one froze to death in a Greyhound bus station. Today his youngest descendant lost her virginity on a water […]

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Bouba Njida National Park, Cameroon – Under a bush

She hadn’t moved except to cry for an hour or two and she was in the shade, true, but she was under a bush, where the equatorial air had sunk beyond still and was closing in on decaying. Also, shade or no shade, it was hot. Hot. This was original heat, the heat that first […]

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Brandon, Manitoba – Paging Mr. Pajamas

STRANGE MAN IN BEER STORE: “Rub bacon on my elbows and butter in my hands! I like pudding ‘cause I’m the gelatin man!” ME: I…will. STRANGE MAN: (Looking to see what beers I’m in front of) You’re in the right place little man! Sweat out your principles and drink plenty of fluids! ME: Okay. You’re sure moving around […]

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Sarajevo – Daughter, wife, mother

She had no way of knowing that going back fifteen generations every one of her female ancestors had been raped into pregnancy. She didn’t know her biological mother and so hadn’t guessed at her residual ways—the intense but fractionally ambivalent love, the night sweats, the fear of elevators. Her childhood had been happy; the war […]

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Bratsk, Russia – Hand Claps for “Billionaire Disco”

Galena! Bakey? Hey. Bakey? Is that you? Yeah how’s it going? How did you get this number? I don’t know I’ve always had it. I just got this number a few hours ago. Oh I don’t know my agent must have gotten it you’re not mad are you? Nonono. Surprised to hear from you. Not […]

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