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Estate Sale

Jack’s been gone for almost two years now. He wrote me once, from the halfway house in Fort Worth, his letter a half sheet of loose leaf, thoughts all running together, no indentions: “Got a job. It is not a … Continue reading

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Visitor

He is late, of course. He is always late. He leaves late, he gets lost, he hits traffic, he postpones or outright cancels due to unforeseen circumstances. Once he called me from an airport to tell me he’d missed his … Continue reading

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Strike

Mr. Kitchen, not even twelve hours into the hunger strike, was the first to cave and accept the proffered brown bag. Almost immediately officers whisked him away, bologna sandwich in hand, to the SHU, where he’d be safe from retribution … Continue reading

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The Short-timer: Sexual Assault Goes Ignored.

I heard a cry, injured and outraged, a cry so loud that in the profound silence that followed I could sense by its echo the precise size and shape of the darkened dorm room, the heights of its ceilings, the … Continue reading

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The Weight Pile

The cook is getting fat. The baker too. The advantage to working in the Officers’ Mess, what makes it the most coveted work detail on the compound, is its offer of unlimited food. The cook, the baker, and I are … Continue reading

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Tripping

A young man is in the bathroom tripping on K2, this man, this kid really, who was high not two days ago and observed wiping his ass with his dirty sock. He lies now on the bathroom floor, his body … Continue reading

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Eclipse

The one o’clock controlled movement is called at quarter till. Across the compound officers everywhere rising at once from their chairs, keys jangling, locks turning. We step out of the chow hall, the cook, the baker, and I, into a … Continue reading

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