A Chain

Every skinny morning’s first minutes wade through nagging thoughts On the top of every month like clockwork She thinks she thinks she thinks you are both still fasting As if every woman ticks From the same town As if you all heave the same weight from the neck As if your mothers fed you the […]

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My Angry Kidney

Hello, PDXX Collective readers, it’s been a while since I last posted. A month ago I spilled wine all over my laptop the night before a presentation. It’s a good thing I had my talk backed up in the cloud, otherwise it would have just been 45 minutes of me sobbing. So I had no […]

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What’s worth fighting for

All women are born with a little bit of fight in them. We fight for equality, we fight to be heard, we fight to protect our families, our health, and our rights. We fight for our dreams in a society that has historically said, “You can’t.” We fight to find role models for ourselves and […]

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Storytelling From the Heartland

“Whatever you want, boys, it’s on me,” Joe Laz told his sons, Bill and Lee, at the Kiwanis in downtown Aurora, Illinois. Joe was anticipating steaks or pork chops, a few respectable martinis, perhaps even a slice of something sweet for dessert. Heck, why not? You can’t live your life in a shoebox, he thought. […]

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Shady Grey

The release of the 50 Shades of Grey movie trailer has lit up the blogosphere with condemnation and praise.  I haven’t read the books, mostly because descriptions of the plot make my skin crawl.  The individual freedom lover in me would like to find something redeeming about the series’ depiction of sexual pleasure, but the […]

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You Too Can Find Something Creepy at Your Local Community College

THE PURVEYOR After theater professor Adair Wilson unwittingly assists in the abduction of two Pittock students, she sets out on a death-defying quest to rescue the twin girls whose rare anatomical quirk makes them a target for paparazzi and fetishists. When Adair’s wealthy family refuses to help and the girls’ family denies their existence, Adair […]

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YOU WERE NEVER HERE

My father was a man by Roman standards when at the age of seventeen he fled the Caucus mountains. A Jew was known to flee Baku and not just freely move to the big yellow city sunk in the frozen white river Neva. Then marry the wrong kind of woman with no wish for weekly […]

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The Break-Up Letter

Dear Tucson, You’re probably wondering why I didn’t say goodbye. You’re probably upset, and I understand how you would feel that way. If you step back from your raw emotion, however, I think that you’ll start to see the rivets in our lives that led us here. We weren’t happy, Tucson. Not together. I know […]

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