Fast Fiction

Endolyne Ave. — by Carol Guess

Today the dream is Top Hat and mice in the garden. Orange galoshes and a porcelain owl. You’re giving me that choice again: share you with another woman or go my own way down the path to the river. The river’s man-made, filled with refrigerators. I’m my own person on alternate days. On the form, I list you as emergency curator: empty gallery’s smashed glass post-mortem backlash. She’s billboard hostess to your next of kin. She’s slow-drawl molasses, every drop fastened to the bone of something winged.
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Carol Guess is the author of numerous books of poetry and prose, including Doll Studies: Forensics and Tinderbox Lawn. Her most recent book, With Animal, was co-written with Kelly Magee. She teaches in the MFA program at Western Washington University.