4 Jun

            Main Street becomes a highway as it leaves town both east and west, but we don’t think of grounds privileges as an escape risk. Despite the hospital’s indignities, despite being at the mercy of ward staff who are uneducated and often mean, only a tiny fraction of patients have the nerve and the wherewithal to plunge back into the predatory world.

            Still, a yearning to swim in her father’s pool, a desperate longing for her children, so immaculately conceived that they had never been born, or an urge to feel the dangerous textures of the world against her skin, any of those could have pushed Tiffany to run.

–from my story “Shade Tree Mechanic,” now in Crack the Spine

“Shade Tree Mechanic” was adapted from my novel TWO-HEADED DOG, published by Dirt e-books, available for $3.95 on Amazon for Kindle


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