SCARLET: A Literary Blog

Isabel sat down in her favorite chair, its back leg all wobbly. A bit of coffee spilled. She sipped off the saucer and sat super still, engrossed in The Guiding Light. Today she’d find out who is the father of Kathy’s baby. When her daughters’ voices drifted out of their bedroom and down the hall, […]

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  We are both reservoirs Mom delivers the bad news like she’s asking a question. Grief is a man in bed. Kids standing on a roof looking down. Going outside without my keys or my money or my jacket. A little hill north of town I’ve never noticed before. We are both reservoirs, flooding the […]

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    Portrait of a Marriage We, recovering Mormons, blow out candles in the birthdays of our second childhoods. He brings home Smirnoff, “Pussy beer” he calls it. I bring home coffee, which he refuses to drink until I tell him I feel fucking judged. He tells me he loves me more each time I […]

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