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Rex Sexton

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All the Pretty Ballerinas

The whirl of white dresses between the matrix of mirrors, morph into a wreath of white ashes in Lonigan’s reveries, or visions of angels amidst a holocaust, leaping, twirling, pirouetting … Sitting on the floor in a corner of the dance studio, Lonigan draws circles, spirals, parabolas on his ragged sketch pad, trying to capture […]

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Slums and Drugs

Dead of winter, shadowing down streets as black as any nightmare, although it wasn’t even time for supper. “I got dizzy, Sweetie.” “I knows Mama.” She came home from school and found her mother on the floor. Her baby brother and sister stood there by her, scared. They had gotten home first, tried to lift […]

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The Hour of the Star

THE HOUR OF THE STAR Twins night ride a see-saw as storm clouds gather over them.  Each catches a glimpse, in turn, above the other, of a star on the horizon.  The grim one ponders hers and finds profound insights through it. The happy one peeks at her own bewildered and bemused until it finally […]

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WRITER’S NOTES

Four drab walls with smog in the window … dark streets below no one dares to walk through … creaky bed, small table with a wobble …there’s a hotplate on the window sill. The bathroom is down the hall. There’s a public phone down it, too, although you never get a call. The radio on […]

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Night Life

NIGHT LIFE Love potions splash on ice. Music plays magic melodies for sleepwalkers who dance in a trance.  I stand like a shadow behind the bar, polishing glasses, waiting for the next drink order.  I watch Solo drift away from her partner and dance on her own – something she does each night at the […]

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