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Tuesday 26 July 00.51-1.22am

In Short stories on August 4, 2011 at 9:21 pm

It is 00.51 and I have kept the light on. It is 00.51 and I have kept the light on and I feel sick because I have eaten too much.

It is 00.52 and I feel sick and the light is on and I have eaten too much and I think I still love you. Read the rest of this entry »

The Roses

In Short stories on June 2, 2011 at 5:10 pm

I want nothing more than to smell these roses. I want nothing more.

     My family, I will never see. Again. My crew. Rescue, is improbable. If they find me, at all, it will be frozen, my visor furred … with frost. Turning and turning. Read the rest of this entry »

Lopud Island

In Short stories on February 24, 2011 at 9:17 pm

You look down from the top-floor room of your hotel onto the beach below. It is 7am, and the man you know as Renato carries deckchairs from a small square shed and places them in lines on the stone, ten metres from the shoreline. Read the rest of this entry »

The Inordinate Sexual Proclivity of Jared Montague

In Short stories on February 13, 2011 at 8:09 pm

I imagined him striding into Sloane Square station, coffee in hand, handsome, hyena-hung, swinging his black leather attaché case. To be injected, hypodermic-like into the blood stream of London. Read the rest of this entry »

On Havelock

In Short stories on September 30, 2010 at 10:40 pm

I’d study my naked self: small-bodied and cross-legged on his sex-wrinkled sheets. Read the rest of this entry »

An Afternoon in 1998

In Short stories on September 8, 2010 at 3:16 pm

I held the tenner out to him. He was Reebok Classics, drainpipe pale blue jeans, ellesse sweater and at least a foot taller. A thin gold chain snaked around the back of his neck. I smelt CK One. He pulled out a Zippo and in one flick lit his cigarette. Read the rest of this entry »

The Financial Lives of the Poets

In Short stories on July 18, 2010 at 2:35 pm

“Hey,” says the one with the neck tattoo and the blunt, “dude here can give us a ride to the party.” Read the rest of this entry »

How to Take a Picture

In Short stories on June 8, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Unzip the bag and pull out the camera. Don’t fumble. Remember that the strap is threaded through a hole. Read the rest of this entry »

I $ You

In Short stories on March 18, 2010 at 11:06 am

1. Get artificially inseminated by your gay roommate. Freak out about the idea of childbirth and get an abortion. Feel guilty. Encourage your gay roommate to sue you for getting his hopes up. Read the rest of this entry »

The Cary Grant Dream

In Short stories on February 19, 2010 at 10:42 am

I hear Cary Grant calling me a funny little red head in my dream, and I’m a fiery little thing that chirps up at him from his knee. I’m tiny. He can pick me up in his hand and listen to me tweet, and he whistles along, and we’re making a tune together, and it’s lovely and it feels like a dream within a dream.
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