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The Improv Lesson

The following piece was presented at Jersey City Writers’ literary event – Superheroes & Supervillains: A Night of Dynamic Dare-do-well and Dastardly Deeds. Please enjoy. “The secret to doing improvisational theater well is to always say ‘yes, and…’ to whatever is offered to you, to add to the scene. Here’s what I mean.  William, come here.”  The […]

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Stoic Woman Vanquishes Super Villain

The following piece was presented at Jersey City Writers’ literary event – Superheroes & Supervillains: A Night of Dynamic Dare-do-well and Dastardly Deeds. Please enjoy.   My fist was on its trajectory to connect with Super Villain’s left jaw when my iPhone buzzed.  My mind raced.  Was it a text about an emergency at Day Care, the […]

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Oh, The Power

The following piece was presented at Jersey City Writers’ literary event – Superheroes & Supervillains: A Night of Dynamic Dare-do-well and Dastardly Deeds. Please enjoy.   My first time was on a crowded PATH train during a nasty heat wave. The PATH train is a quiet space, OK? It’s a commuter train with tired and stressed out […]

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John

The following piece was presented at Jersey City Writers’ literary event – Superheroes & Supervillains: A Night of Dynamic Dare-do-well and Dastardly Deeds. Please enjoy.   Dear Board for the Designation of Superpowers, I’m writing you, again, because I’m really, really annoyed.  You haven’t responded, so I’ll repeat it: I do not want to be a superhero. […]

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The Eye – Origins (Excerpt)

The following piece was presented at Jersey City Writers’ literary event – Superheroes & Supervillains: A Night of Dynamic Dare-do-well and Dastardly Deeds. Please enjoy.   Vera’s parents had forced her to attend the “Superhero’s Home for Intense Training of Today’s Youth,” the most prestigious superhero training academy in the country. She remembered that first day like […]

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Eye Beam

The following piece was presented at Jersey City Writers’ genre event – Jersey Plums Poetry Reading. Please enjoy.   I am what I see There is no more debate, we’ve got it That vision’s images Go to the eye, which receives them With exhales, with a loosening of muscles With a long awaited embrace Plato said […]

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The Things You Do for Love

The following piece was presented at Jersey City Writers’ genre event – The Horror of Love. Please enjoy. Her name was Maura Fitzgerald, and when I saw her in a bookstore, she was my wife, although I didn’t know it at the time.  One of those dark Irish beauties with black hair and pale skin, […]

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Little Thing

The following piece was presented at Jersey City Writers’ genre event – The Horror of Love. Please enjoy. The motel is halfway between Tybee Beach and nowhere, the last stop for the holiday folks who can’t make the drive in one go. The Value Inn closed so we’re the only place left and we keep busy, […]

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Drops of Red

The following piece was presented at Jersey City Writers’ genre event – The Horror of Love. Please enjoy. The day had been ordinary until she came home to find her door ajar. Every shadow she’d barely noticed on her way up the sidewalk suddenly looked menacing, and the moon’s cool light turned to steel. A sliver […]

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Let’s Play House

The following piece was presented at the Jersey City Writers’ genre event – Recess: Children Stories for Adults. Please enjoy. “Let’s have a wedding!” Cherry said holding her hands and jumping up in excitement. “No. No. Let’s skip the wedding.” Peanut shook his head. His brow furrowed as he pursed his lips, trying to muster […]

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