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Greg Zeck | Homeless I Have Known

Professor’s Walk For Ted Wright Don’t fuck with me, I’ve got a gun, said the homeless man to the professor who, wandering a patch of desert scrub, saw the black snub pointing at him. Considering his options, whether wit was in order here, either blandishment or rodomontade, perhaps a Shakespeare quote chucked deftly in, he inched back warily, divining in a quick critical reading — the unshaved man, the anus […]

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Charles Halsted | Same species

His supplicant hands clasped as in prayer, head fully hooded, face barely seen, a thin pinkish blanket over his back, he’s barely protected from winter cold, invisible to the disdainful suits ten feet away who march with fixed purpose, carefully avoid even a sideways glance toward this hopeless, helpless specimen, same species, but not their kind. The solid steel bucket sits two feet away, possibly stolen, most likely lined with […]

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Joe Cottonwood | Homeless encampment

Excuse me, sir, but did you once sixty years ago come upon three cub scouts in blue uniforms wandering lost in a small forest hearing bears in the underbrush, vultures in the sky and you guided us to daylight where no one had missed us? Oh. Well, anyway, let me give you a beer. Pardon me, ma’am, but did you once substitute-teach a high school English class the subject was […]

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Vicki Miko | Old Hennessey Bridge

In the early evening sunlight the iron planks over Old Hennessey Bridge, cast jail-bar shadows on the riverbank— a fearful illusion for those sojourned there: the waywards: free of charge, obscure, perishable, beneath the trestles. The rundown backstreet leading to their hidden path backs up to the pumping station, abandoned shopping carts, and assorted dumpsters. Under the bridge’s refuge, the stink of tar and urine floats up on hot dampish […]

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