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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Popo Wakes Up – 10 more good lines from the book

“Gift-wrap a giggle! Jiggle in the middle! Wrinkle up your nose when you smile just a little!” “And they’ll leave hickeys on the inside of your rectum. I can testify to that. I have, actually, and perjured myself into glorious ignominy. ” Chuckles nodded his noggin, “Of course. That makes perfect sense. And then she […]

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Popo Wakes Up – 10 good lines from the book

God remember the way she squeezed his hand. Remember it in case You ever need to start over. “You see? All Koreans like to drink. It’s our shared heritage. Ask him if he likes jerking off on the subway.” “Just stop. You can’t make him do anything he doesn’t want to. It’s like trying to […]

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Popo Wakes Up – Table of Contents

Prologue – Tunnel Rat The previous night he’d been no different than any of the other poor dusty souls on the work crew. Chapter 1 – Pogo in slow-mo like a funk-wrapped mummy on a trampoline Some kind of tea jangled down his throat in a parade of flamboyant somersaults, pleased at having transformed a […]

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Interview with the author

Hey Joe. Hey, how am I doing? Eeza good day. You finished writing Popo Wakes Up not long ago. So did you. It’s gratifying, isn’t it? Maybe a little. Oh come on. A man dances in the lifeless end of a collapsed mine and does it well he ought to feel gratified. You’re right. Never […]

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Chapter 46 – Baby talk

When I wake she is hugging as much of my backside as her skeleton allows and dramatically declaiming elementary Spanish to the folds of my ears in her Korean country girl accent. I smile and squint and punch holes in the gauzy filter of sleep that protects me from the awful recognition of the Guatemalan […]

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