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Coyote Crossing Writing and photography from the Mojave and Sonoran deserts.

English - Science, Desert, Nature
http://coyot.es/crossing/
Coyote Crossing · 5M ago

Do you suffer from Anthropocentric Personality Disorder?

Antisocial personality disorder is generally defined as a condition in which the sufferer ...
Coyote Crossing · 7M ago

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...
Coyote Crossing · 8M ago

2017

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...
Coyote Crossing · 9M ago

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...
Coyote Crossing · 9M ago

Cold solace

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...
Coyote Crossing · 10M ago

Blue Rodeo

In 1989 you reached Barstow by driving the two-lane past worn out alfalfa fields, rotten b...
Coyote Crossing · 10M ago

Napping in the belly of the king

This piece was first published August 27, 2015 at Beacon Reader. “They’re goddamn invasive...
Coyote Crossing · 10M ago

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,...
Coyote Crossing · 11M ago

Light

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...
Coyote Crossing · 11M ago

Suite 101

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...