Hazy Skies

Hazy Skies

February 08, 2021

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Night Piece

Night Piece

February 03, 2021

Ruminate Happenings Spotlight on Anne McGrath.

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If Party Wolf Jumps

If Party Wolf Jumps

January 26, 2021

All of which is to say when you remember Baker now it’s best to remember him with the wolf mask on, and if you remember the weeks you spent dating his older sister, remember only the good parts and the parts that make you look good.

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Wait for Me

Wait for Me

January 19, 2021

I might spend five minutes yelling into the phone, "It's me, Mamina! Your Granddaughter!" And I will hear, "Who? Who?" And I'll try and try again to no avail and think she can't hear me anymore, she can't see me anymore.

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And From His Grave a Rose

And From His Grave a Rose

January 12, 2021

We drank hot black Turkish coffee, quashing our grimaces, pretending our tastes had changed.

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Laundry

Laundry

January 05, 2021

 I left after fifteen years. It was decades before I wore white, again.

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for the love of lowly things (for Mary) - Ruminate Magazine

for the love of lowly things (for Mary)

December 15, 2020

In December, it is the season of Advent in the church calendar, and in the sanctuary, large-scale artwork of a pregnant belly adorns the stage. I wonder at the quiet fury and joy of Mary, her declaration in the Magnificat that God has “filled the hungry and sent the rich away empty.”

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Origin Story - Ruminate Magazine

Origin Story

December 01, 2020

I understand the urge to do it up, up up and away, until you get so far gone and high the only place to come back down is on some open stretch of highway.

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Three Erasures - Ruminate Magazine

Three Erasures

November 24, 2020

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My Condolences - Ruminate Magazine

My Condolences

November 17, 2020

The girl, whose name I never learned, didn’t die before the song was over, and we never saw her again.

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The Ducks in Winter - Ruminate Magazine

The Ducks in Winter

November 10, 2020

I even envy my old life now, my own youth, so I start rearranging the furniture to make the past come back, or some of it.

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Not Always the Hero - Ruminate Magazine

Not Always the Hero

November 03, 2020

It is difficult to realize that someone you respect and care for understands you and people that look like you as self-centered and reactionary because you demand inalienable rights.

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Beneath a Vacant Sky - Ruminate Magazine

Beneath a Vacant Sky

October 20, 2020

Marla is convinced that if the moon hadn’t exploded, Austin would’ve kissed her.

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Dream Journal - Ruminate Magazine

Dream Journal

October 13, 2020

I’m a little girl with short hair again, but I can no longer slip back into the silent games she used to play.

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Chalisa (or Hanuman Knows All About it) - Ruminate Magazine

Chalisa (or Hanuman Knows All About it)

October 06, 2020

I tell myself Hanuman knows all about this sickness, that he wants me hear it that way, to pray for an end to this scourge.

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Like Angels At Us - Ruminate Magazine

Like Angels At Us

September 29, 2020

Long before the virus, you and I abandoned reality. All of us together.

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Small Things with Great Love - Ruminate Magazine

Small Things with Great Love

September 26, 2020

Today, we invite you to support Ruminate with a gift that will allow us to sustain, and grow, this exceptional community of writers, artists, and readers. 

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The Pool Party - Ruminate Magazine

The Pool Party

September 22, 2020

She knew she wasn’t supposed to see the kiss or the way the dark-haired boy stroked Josh’s back. And yet she did see.

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News - Ruminate Magazine

News

September 15, 2020

No one talks of these fights later. No one talks of anything when my mother is around, and no one talks of her when she isn’t.

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The Caterpillar Plant - Ruminate Magazine

The Caterpillar Plant

September 01, 2020

He squatted down, studying the way their bodies would scrunch together and expand outwards with each step. He knew they’d be butterflies but couldn’t see how.

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The Wasted Things - Ruminate Magazine

The Wasted Things

August 20, 2020

When I find the maggot-fetus on the floor of our shower, I feel intensely fearful that our skin is something that is almost all gone, almost all out;

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Trumpet Joy - Ruminate Magazine

Trumpet Joy

August 18, 2020

Now, if it’s cold or raining, my son opens his bedroom window and points his horn outward to make certain Mr. Wei can hear.

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Your Grandmother's Antique - Ruminate Magazine

Your Grandmother's Antique

August 13, 2020

Your grandmother, whose mouth you know so well, once told you the body will listen when the earth speaks.

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Thirsty - Ruminate Magazine

Thirsty

July 30, 2020

At his room next morning they said, “He wanted us to tell you he was always thirsty. Now what do you figure that’s about?”

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Horizon - Ruminate Magazine

Horizon

July 28, 2020

The snow is thick, alive and panting, a roaring wall of white in the space between my father and me.

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Sign of the Times - Ruminate Magazine

Sign of the Times

July 21, 2020

Openings are one part mystery, one part miracle. Who’s to say when they will occur, or what will result. 

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Given Light and a Mother Who Was Always Dying in Secret - Ruminate Magazine

Given Light and a Mother Who Was Always Dying in Secret

July 17, 2020

Dragonflies can tell the real stars from glint on lake-surface. They fly to lesser suns, their wings open to duty, dipping to mire. 

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Rewriting History - Ruminate Magazine

Rewriting History

July 16, 2020

It’s hot, air thick / as maple syrup, and mosquitos feast / on any flesh they find. Our bites bleed / blue as we lie in the grass

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On bee-ing free: racial justice, surviving apocalypse, and paying attention - Ruminate Magazine

On bee-ing free: racial justice, surviving apocalypse, and paying attention

July 15, 2020

White supremacy doesn’t just uphold police brutality and mass incarceration, migrant detention and colonial extraction on Native land; it’s death-dealing and ordinary and wants to last forever.

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The Wind - Ruminate Magazine

The Wind

July 14, 2020

Our parents rode in the enclosed cabin of our classic white Ford truck. They were talking but we couldn’t hear them. They never looked back to see us and we knew there was no room for us up in that sweetly, quiet cab.

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To Remember A Stranger - Ruminate Magazine

To Remember A Stranger

July 13, 2020

The more people I have met, the closer I have been to suffering. Many times, this makes me want to not meet more people, and, in fact, un-meet people, like a girl in a video I resent having seen or a boy in a gas station at which I didn’t have to stop.

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Writer's Habits: The Importance of Non-Writing Writing - Ruminate Magazine

Writer's Habits: The Importance of Non-Writing Writing

July 10, 2020

...if you saw me by the side of the road, perhaps taking a photo with my phone of some wild grapes, you wouldn’t think I’m writing, but I am—more non-writing writing.

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Woman - Ruminate Magazine

Woman

July 08, 2020

Mom turns to sand. She becomes my mother. No edges.

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Konza Prairie Fire, read Cherie Nelson's flash essay Hazy Skies on The Waking

Hazy Skies

July 06, 2020

Where I am living now, the seasons have no pivot... Springs are mercurial, senselessly violent in their cold and snow. I experience winter here like a death, wait endlessly for a green that will outgrow my grief.

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On bee-ing free: racial justice, surviving apocalypse, and paying attention - Ruminate Magazine

On bee-ing free: racial justice, surviving apocalypse, and paying attention

June 25, 2020

White supremacy doesn’t just uphold police brutality and mass incarceration, migrant detention and colonial extraction on Native land; it’s death-dealing and ordinary and wants to last forever.

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