American life, or: My ghost in the burbs

A shadorma I'm rattled by this serial; how do I cancel the subscription? This rumble strip scene's always on loop. I pivot the car, but Iโ€™m not lost; Iโ€™m not trying to get my bearings; that was not my ghost in the burbs. I should know. I was never there, never where my eyes see;… Continue reading American life, or: My ghost in the burbs

A personal anecdote about writing

AmeriCorps AmeriCorps is a Federally funded volunteer program in the USA, also known as the 'domestic Peace Corps'. The idea is that AmeriCorps participants work in various programs across the country, aiming to improve American society in sundry ways. I was an AmeriCorps member for two years after my university studies. During my first year,… Continue reading A personal anecdote about writing

New Jersey, or: The diner state

A Cascade poem Papa & I would go diving at the 'Shore' It was illegal for us to pump our own gas My friends & I hung out at malls & diners That was my normal; now it's all history My learning to scuba dive was Papa's idea I went along with him and was… Continue reading New Jersey, or: The diner state

After 9-11: The boy who lost his father

On 9-11 I watched the 9-11 terror attacks on the large screen TV at the Cleveland Hillel, where I was very active as a Jewish student at CWRU. I watched the attacks and could barely comprehend that they were happening in the real world. "Numb" isn't quite the right word to describe my feelings during… Continue reading After 9-11: The boy who lost his father