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the minnesota review (2021) 2021 (96): 31–32.
Published: 01 May 2021
...Daniel Lassell © 2021 Daniel Lassell 2021 Daniel Lassell Mom Woke to a Coyote Staring in Her Window And now I hear the pack, wayward, yipping along the fences, the llamas pastures. I hurl myself with my siblings down a long string of gravel into darkness without a weapon, only our yelling...
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the minnesota review (2019) 2019 (93): 31–41.
Published: 01 November 2019
... was eighteen and my mom was in her late thirties. She had gotten preg- nant in college, my father a philosophy professor who had a wife and family and wanted to have nothing to do with me. She certainly had a type. Before Jim, there had been a long line of shiftless boyfriends who shacked up with my mom...
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the minnesota review (2012) 2012 (78): 8–15.
Published: 01 May 2012
... of them came from. Bev’s a head taller than I am, like most of the girls in our grade, and she hits hard, but I don’t admit this or complain about her sharp knuckle punches because I’m the one getting the better bruises, after all. Bev’s mom is sitting in her broken car, on the street, smoking...
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the minnesota review (2015) 2015 (84): 30–43.
Published: 01 May 2015
... being a single mom is. Plus, you love her. Pulling Mira close now, you kiss the top of her skull, and then you throw open the kitchen windows and go outside with her onto the front porch for some air, giving the aerosol stench time to clear. Your apartment —​an old single-family home...
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the minnesota review (2017) 2017 (89): 55.
Published: 01 November 2017
...Corey Ginsberg © 2017 Corey Ginsberg 2017 Corey Ginsberg When Tuna Helper Needs Help Call Mom and Dad. Tell them you’ve blown through your inheritance and are turning side-dish tricks to make rent. Mom and Dad are sturdy Stouffer’s entrees. They came intact...
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the minnesota review (2017) 2017 (88): 36–46.
Published: 01 May 2017
... likes, which isn’t what you like. “Well, that game looks interesting! A whole world of fairies and princes  “No, Mom. Over here.” Mom was now two syllables that dropped from a great height. I drew up close to Tommy, packages already in his hands. So urgent, bangs swamping his brow...
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the minnesota review (2015) 2015 (85): 3.
Published: 01 November 2015
.... that winter when you came to introduce your fiancé only to realize you interrupted one of mom and dad’s fights. thank you. she had been threatening to jump. we never found out if second stories guarantee safe landings. sitting in the van, watching uncle mutter to himself outside...
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the minnesota review (2006) 2006 (67): 38.
Published: 01 November 2006
...Michelle M. Tokarczyk © 2006 the minnesota review 2006 38 the minnesota review Michelle M. Tokarczyk Step Stool Skimping on grocery money, or even the church’s weekly basket, each year Mom tried to rummage me a birthday. I hope she...
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the minnesota review (2013) 2013 (81): 7.
Published: 01 November 2013
... shin with black rust and the lawsuit. Gorilla Man says Adam’s mom is a meth head. Before making me gather the stones from her garden. I hit all of his golf balls out into the pasture. I thought I had found them when the miniature horse. Beau died intestines snaked from his asshole Gorilla Man says...
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the minnesota review (2015) 2015 (84): 9–23.
Published: 01 May 2015
... finished up chemo nine months ago (for the Ewing’s sarcoma in my pelvis bone), Dr. Jerome asked me if I’d like to meet Ryles  11 him without my parents at my quarterly follow-up checkups, and I said yes. My mom and dad resisted at first but ultimately...
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the minnesota review (2017) 2017 (88): 1–2.
Published: 01 May 2017
... mostly sure she would catch you, mom calling Cameron! Cameron! to get you to look, then said kick, kick! Remember, there’s nothing a mother won’t do for one still shot of your head above the water. It’s important to always practice good form: kick your legs. Remember...
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the minnesota review (2013) 2013 (81): 37–45.
Published: 01 November 2013
.... Teachers left me alone after that, and then the school year was over. Life was supposed to become useless and unproductive. Free- dom, my father called it, a chance to try new things. I watched him flip flapjacks at the kitchen counter with a batter-caked spatula, wear- ing Mom’s old apron. I wanted...
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the minnesota review (2011) 2011 (77): 49–60.
Published: 01 November 2011
... the shard of glass had cut. On a nice night like this, he knows, Mom and The Pricks will be sitting on the back porch, no one inside that can see him out front, so he takes out his pack of Virginia Slims and lights one with a match. The pack of matches has the Dickens insignia on the front...
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the minnesota review (2013) 2013 (80): 20–41.
Published: 01 May 2013
... that she might run into Helen out here, on her way home from wherever she’d been. Where you been? she would ask her. Oh, you know —​just around, Helen would say. You worried Mom and Dad real bad, she’d say. Well, everything’s okay now, Helen would say and maybe wrap her arm around her neck...
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the minnesota review (2020) 2020 (95): 32–40.
Published: 01 November 2020
... counts and scratches. A mansion, she tells me. In California. When Marnie s mom arrives to take her home, my best friend and I look at each other and smile knowingly. Our lives are different now that we know where they re going. * Wisdom teeth in baggies, splinters in glass jars, ear wax that once...
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the minnesota review (2013) 2013 (81): 54–56.
Published: 01 November 2013
... while her breathing slowed. The first time it happened he put on the Diana Ross tape because he was scared and he still loved her then. She was quiet that first time, too, but he didn’t shout. Mom, he said. Just try to stay awake. He put his arm on hers and tried to shake her lightly. He...
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the minnesota review (2020) 2020 (95): 47–52.
Published: 01 November 2020
... at his shirt buttons. Oliver s mom had been the one to name him. She chose Oliver because she liked the way it sounded, and because she thought it would suit him. When I thought he d named himself, that he d chosen his name for its meaning the way he sometimes chose mine, I looked up where Oliver came...
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the minnesota review (2008) 2008 (70): 9–22.
Published: 01 May 2008
... the whole thing, our outfits and posture and perfume, and how to coach the girls beforehand, and said I had to host it because Shelley’s mom’s trailer smelled like burned plastic and Earlene’s house was too big and fancy. I got rid of all my Glade Plug-Ins because Pastor said city folks think...
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the minnesota review (2015) 2015 (85): 20–26.
Published: 01 November 2015
...- tend to sleep each morning. I lost my tech support job because I am the kind of girl who loses nice things. Even though I can go home at any time, even though I can call my mom and go back to New Lon- don and watch her date men she’ll never trust, and even though she will protect me and provide...
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the minnesota review (2020) 2020 (94): 41.
Published: 01 May 2020
...Ovidio Reyes Copyright © 2020 Ovidio Reyes 2020 Ovidio Reyes L Éducation sentimentale: Take 2 You grow up thinking mom and dad a perfect unit, a living onesie. Then you slog through adolescence and notice the buttoned trap door at the onesie s bottom. A few more years and it becomes clear how...