Thursday, December 2, 2010

Writing and reading

Next Wednesday, December 8th in Providence I will be one of ten people, each reading ten very short stories while other folks illustrate our tales, LIVE on an overhead projector. It'll be at Knight Memorial Library on Elmwood Ave. Doors open at 6 P.M. and readings go from 6:30- 8:00 P.M. The suggested $4 donation benefits the Providence Community Library Comics Consortium. Let me know if you need a ride!

A sample story:

Every time a plane flies by overhead
there are people inside of it
and they're leaving--
going away
or going home.
They are missing and loving people, nervous and excited, or
sad and rushed.
I have been inside that plane,
and I have stared up at it and felt inside.

Two more short things that I won't be reading at the show:

A big man declares that today he has "only eaten two roast beef sandwiches and two hot dogs and [he] feel[s] faint." Everyone else in line is trying very hard not to laugh at his complaint. He is both offering and threatening to copy the 71- year old woman who has just taken a spill at our Greyhound gate at the Port Authority in New York City.
She is a translucent little creature with bones pressing out of her thin skin like wet seaweed on dried coral. Upon the arrival of the paramedics, a woman at the next gate begins yelling at the other passengers boarding her bus to, "Shut the shit up!"

and lastly:

Life is shaped like a long tunnel of an outline of you. You move through it, and it fits you so well.

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