0   20 readings 1 min
Cramped in the back of a white Chevy van,
We stood for hours like cargo.
Clanking chains marked all the checkpoints,
We held our breath and prayed.
Stillness sunk in when the ... [+]

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PSU Lost and found
0   26 readings 5 min

Saltair

Abbadon, ago

Esbenshade lost his mind in the hall of mirrors beneath the splintered rafters of the decayed Grande Pavilion of Saltair. It was not initially his decision, rather a pressing encouragement of the ... [+]

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PSU Lost and found
0   6 readings 1 min

Geneology

Ballard, ago

I found it. The street you grew up on. They apparently changed the name in the sixties when the city beautiful movement elevated the freeway and cut the Diamond street you knew in two. The north ... [+]

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PSU Lost and found
2   9 readings 1 min
Mother,
I used
To believe.
The plush red pews
To kneel,
Before you.

Different colors
Shapes, and pieces
Tell a story
In glass.
It's stained
But ... [+]

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0   6 readings 5 min

The Key

Sandy, ago

Same routine every day. Clothes set out for the day. Invariable breakfast of cereal with berries, the same cereal, what a horse would choose—bland oats. Homework. The pool.
That, too. Into ... [+]

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PSU Lost and found
3   13 readings 5 min
The first time she said it she was nervous. The phrase was awkward, untested. She’d never felt the sound form in her mouth. “It’s all jake,” she said smiling. She thought it was funny; she... [+]

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PSU Lost and found
2   14 readings 1 min
The Silent War
What do you do when you’ve hit rock bottom?
Start believing the poison floating in your brain?
Look for the missing pieces of yourself?
It can’t be too hard, for... [+]

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PSU Lost and found
0   42 readings 1 min
“My Walter,” she would say, “what a treasure! He takes such good care of me.” Ethel idolized her husband. She often quoted him. “Walter says...,” she would start. Her opinions were ... [+]

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PSU Lost and found
0   22 readings 1 min
The shop owner’s wife sat in their car in the antique shop’s parking lot. The windshield wipers made a leisurely event of dispersing the cool raindrops, which plodded onto the glass from the ... [+]

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PSU Lost and found
0   22 readings 1 min
Marie stood beneath a willow tree and tore a corner of crumbling, stale bread from the end of a loaf her mother had handed to her a moment before. Winding her arm back, she let go with full force.... [+]

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0   38 readings 1 min
Always Remember I Love You –

I may forget.
In a cruel game of hide and seek,
hard-earned knowledge and a lifetime of memories
prove ever more elusive.

I get ... [+]

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0   57 readings 1 min
She remembers how yellow the lights made the wall look.
(Or were they blue?)
She remembers her body convulsing in cold shivers.
(Or was she hot under all those blankets?)
She ... [+]

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PSU Lost and found