Monthly Archives: February 2021

Counting the creep

Our high school homeroom had four black students out of 21. Some homerooms had five, or six. Nobody was officially counting, but everyone knew what was happening. Our formerly all-white high school had new feeder schools. There was no busing … Continue reading

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Abraham, Martin, and John

I moved the nozzle along the baseboard, soaking each crevice with a clear spray of liquid. The brand name was D-Con, but Dad said the main ingredient was pyrethrin. In Latin, I’d learned, the root word ‘pyra’ meant ‘funeral fire.’ … Continue reading

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Long, Hot Summer

In summer 1967, poetry and music were my obsessions. I read Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle and listened endlessly to Sgt. Pepper. That spring I’d begun my drift away from straight A’s to B’s, for Boys. In June, … Continue reading

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