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Writing and photography from the Mojave and Sonoran deserts.
Wild Eyes at La Contenta
[I read this this weekend at Desert Stories X.] At 8:15 pm on May 18, 2016, the sky was darkening over Joshua Tree. I was driving across La Contenta Road heading eastbound on Route 62, doing...
My grandfather comes to me in pieces; The angle of a plywood sign nailed to a tree, my worn work boots on my porch in Richmond. I never call him up deliberately. This week marked 50 years si...
A taxonomy of heartbreak
Not all hearts break at the end of a fist. Not all wounds bleed. Some hearts erode a bit at a time. Skin grows calluses with each insult. These hearts grow thin. These hearts weaken a bit wi...
Science tells us that the fallen tree makes a sound. It doesn’t matter if we’re there. It doesn’t. The branches’ sudden arcuate course through whistled air, the sharp crack of limb against l...
In 1989 you reached Barstow by driving the two-lane past worn out alfalfa fields, rotten b...
Napping in the belly of the king
This piece was first published August 27, 2015 at Beacon Reader. “They’re goddamn invasive...
The Central Valley’s Second Coming
First published May 27, 2015 at Beacon Reader. “The hundreds of miles of soil that surround the lives of Valley dwellers should not be confused with land. What was once land has become dirt,...
A block east of where I stood along this cactus-fringed road tonight, a streetlight cast a yellow inverted cone toward the dirt. I stand well outside the light. A few months shy of 40, befor...
Part 3, Chapter 5 At each stage of his imprisonment he had known, or seemed to know, whereabouts he was in the windowless building. Possibly there were slight differences in the air pressure...
Hi, all. The Coyot.es Network was offline for a few days as a result of a database crash. But I’ve carefully handcrafted an artisanal replacement database, full of locally sourced bits. It s...
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