Aught, no. 14 (2005)


Dina Alexander

One Hundred Other Distinguished Stories of 2001

A

I Am as I Am,
Hummingbird:

B

The Weight
Beneath the Deep Slow Motion.

Find and Replace
That Last Odd Day in L.A.,
The Affairs of Each Beast.

Aboveground,
It Is Raining in Bejucal
(The Ceiling
By the Sea).
 

C

I Demand to Know Where You’re Taking Me!
[The Raw Man?]
[The Bostons?]
 

D

What You Know:
Wallace Porter Sees the Elephant,
The Warp and the Weft,
The Lives of Strangers.
(The Hunter’s Wife;
The Caretaker;
The Old Economy Husband;
Blue Boy,

E

The Blue Couch;
The Butcher’s Wife;
Sister Godzilla
Incognita, Inc.)….
 

F

Charity,
Here Beneath Low-Flying Planes.

(Lucky Girls!
Beautiful Baby
Flamingo!)
 

G

Good ‘Til Now,
George Lassos Moo.
[A Bestial Noise]

Polio Weather
Here, At Last!
Line Up

H

Arctic Circus,
The Summer House--
My Communist
Bloodlines
Do Not Disturb
Sir Karl LaFong or Current Resident
(The Man Who Found You in the Woods).
 

I, K

[The Confessional Approach:
All That You Love Will Be Carried Away.]
 

L

The Birthday Present?
Tennessee

M

Three-Wheeler!
(Last One Left in Arkansas;
Unknown Donor)

Interpreters
Reading
The World of Weather,
Lightning Man—
Boom and Bust,
Tickle Torture,
What to Do About the Dead?

[Note to Future Self:
“What is Remembered?
Comfort.”]
 

N, O

Pilgrims
Lunch at the Blacksmith House.

(Memento Mori,
Little People!)

Curly Red

P

Down by the River
Dating a Dead Girl/
Unravished Bride.

(Dios Nunca Muera,
Neighbors!)

 

R

A Good Radio Voice
Disentangling
Big Bend,

S

Popular Girls
Playing Horses,
Children’s Verse,
Show and Tell.

Sabo
Jingling Bracelets,
Wild Rice,
Maximum sunlight.

Plane Crash Theory:
Glass House/
Sightings of Loretta,
Paper Trail/
The Long Goodbye.
 

T

Saint Francis in Flint
(Code
Testimony):

U, V, W

“Oh Land of National Paradise, How Glorious Are Thy Bounties!”

The Canal—
Jimmy Underwater.
Guardians
Free
Leslie and Sam,
Taking a Stitch in a Dead Man’s Arm.

[Egg Face:
A Lepidopterist’s Tale….]

Before This Day There Were Many Days.

 

Miller, Sue, ed. The Best American Short Stories. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2002, pp. 357-360.


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