“Terminal” (in The Saint Ann’s Review)
In the hospital lobby, she took the stairway closest to the herbal medicine pharmacy. Although the pungent scent still made her wince, today she could actually describe it: like some punitive broth from a god impatient with human folly. Looking down, she glimpsed a group of hospital staff doing calisthenics in the courtyard, accompanied by upbeat music from a boombox. A keen, youthful voice was counting aloud, yi, er, san, si—even Vivian could understand that.
“Mountain Lion Is a Kind of Cat Too” (in Santa Monica Review)
She was at the age when Mother Nature hasn’t quite made up her mind what do with a girl yet. There could be a sudden explosion of loveliness one morning, or she could just as easily become sensibly plain, sparing him the sharp presentiment of loss. But he thought for sure Mother Nature was thinking about her next steps. How long did he have? How long before he could no longer hold her hand and feel its softness without either of them feeling slightly funny about it?
He gave himself six months, tops.
“The Importance of Floating” (in Salamander)
Farther from town, there were moonless nights when he looked up and found the major constellations swamped by the lesser stars that were not even on his chart. It was a pandemonium of pinpricks clamoring for attention, whetting the human appetite for pattern-recognition.
At such times, he thought the only appropriate thing to do was to lie down and slowly let the air out of his lungs.
“A Microhistory of Two” (in Green Mountains Review)
“Flat and far” is the literal meaning of the town’s name in Chinese, as if it could be describing what a lonely fisherman might see in the Pacific, but it was as distant from the ocean as it could be.
- “In the Whaling Museum”
Washington Square Review (Fall 2018)
- “Adam Godwin Rides the Greyhound”
The Saint Ann’s Review 10th Anniversary Issue
- “Presidio,” “Osmosis,” and “Sunday Drive”
Don’t Talk to Me About Love
- “The Untranslated Poem,” and “Spherical Lightning”
Nimrod International Journal
- “The Observatory”; “In the Meantime”
The Saint Ann’s Review