At home, I tell my vegetarian friends
that I admire them,
and I do, I think, sneaking mouthfuls
of boiled bird
from the walk-in freezer
I am a dissolute
and undisciplined creature,
but I harbor no illusions
that I am alone.
"The union?" the woman asked after he introduced himself.
"Like I was saying, ma'am, I'm here because workers from all over the state are coming together -"
"Let me guess. To take out of my pocket? To pay people like you?"
"No, ma'am, they're coming together because -"
"Look at you." Sh…
Three months ago, the boy moved to Seattle without knowing anyone at all. He had spent the summer delivering pizza and bussing tables while living with his parents at home. He saved enough money to survive for a few months while figuring out what to do with his life.
But this was the fall of 200…
You want more police, you said, more patrols,
all of the Aurora crap pushed away,
to some other neighborhood, some other
place, someone else's
problem now, another
Those people don't want
They want to snort powder
in the back seats of cars,…
"It's okay," Jose says, stirring yogurt with his spoons. "He'll find another job."
Andrew shakes his head and tosses his fork onto his tray.
The next morning, he plods past half-finished office buildings, overturned construction cones, and hulking orange cranes. Mist nips at his cheeks. He bo…
I was a worker once.
Lent my labor to
the appetites of mass.
Like a caged animal,
my master said,
Only once was I asked to sacrifice
the fingers of my left land,
which I gave willingly
and mostly without regret.
I could follow
my master's …