Three Words: a Telling

Three Words: a Telling

Three Words The stories all agree, it was the children who did it. I’ve tried to piece the truth together by looking for commonalities between the various tellings of the story. All of the tellings describe a rising tide of anger among the youth. The growing...
Weather Report

Weather Report

Weather Report (short fiction by Ken Zimmerman) — I’d like to tell you I received this a few weeks ago, as an anonymous email with the title Weather Report on its subject line. I’d even mention that I recognized the writing style as that of a former student who...
Salto Profundo: Prelude

Salto Profundo: Prelude

Prelude: Rio Profundo “The river has an ending, but it does not end. It has a beginning, but it never began.”  (from the blog of Ricky Gnarsky) Above mountains and under clouds a Chilean condor soars, his broad wings—three full meters from tip to tip—catching the...

The Ones Who Walk In

The Ones Who Walk In (a parable, with apologies and respects to Ursula K. LeGuin) Imagine a wilderness, a paradise of nature. Let’s call it Or-gone. There, green woods grow out of good ground, and deer and wolf and bear and weasel prowl among the trees, eagle and...

Sim-Manager

Sim-Manager: A Modest Proposal for Institutional Redesign in the Community College Delivered to Lane’s Board of Education, March 3, 2020 Introduction: In light of the current financial difficulties at our fine institution, we would like to propose a simple, and, I...

Salome

I’d seen her twice before the night we met. The first time in a laundry on the corner of Hayes and Cole, just down the hill from my apartment. Looking back, it seems as if the city itself willed our meeting, as if we were simply the living bodies through which it...