2019-07-10 22:35 circus

A barrel of fish. A thermos of coffee. The crates were all packed up. The full moon lit the long dirt road.

2019-06-24 23:02 circus

When they got home, or where they thought home should be, they found nothing but a newly paved parking lot and a man dressed as a clown over-enthusiastically spinning a sign for an exciting brand of dog food.

2019-06-18 22:58 circus

The next morning, in the center of town, they found the dog-faced boy and the bearded lady passed out, naked, together on a bench.

2019-06-10 22:49 circus

The tiny thing spoke in a loud, booming voice. Then there was scrambling and digging. Bricks were dislodged. Everyone stepped back.

2019-06-06 22:38 circus

The stage coach pulled in, empty, each horse painted a different, vivid color.

2019-06-04 21:53 circus

These tools aren’t meant to be used, she said. She took the hammer from him and carefully placed it back into the cabinet, giving it a small, reassuring pat.

2019-05-01 23:22 circus

Hours later they found themselves wandering down an empty dirt road dragging the crate behind them.

2019-03-18 22:35 circus

The dream began in an Italian plaza with a million others. Sticks and hoops were distributed by some unknown mechanism. Then he was off, running down a cobblestone street.

2019-02-18 23:35 circus

There was at least three inches of fine, black soot on the railings and stairs. At midnight he’d heard those same trucks roll through town.

2019-02-16 00:13 circus

A deck of cards was produced from somewhere. They were instructed to draw three, randomly, despite their obvious medical conditions.

2019-01-29 00:21 circus

The band arrived in an old Cadillac. They rolled, stumbled, and fell out of the vehicle. Their instruments were strapped to the car like hunted deer.

2018-12-14 23:05 circus

After the unfortunate trapeze accident all she could say was “With a knick-knack paddywhack” in a singsong voice, over and over.

2018-11-01 22:19 circus

The rhythm was infectious. Medical teams were flown in but not everybody could be saved.

2018-10-14 22:50 circus

Marble blocks were placed as markers at regular intervals. Denials were official. Recitations were long public events. Carnival food and prizes could be found towards the back.

2018-09-08 22:50 circus

The city block was a combination of abandoned buildings, rubble, and street fires. But that morning it was full of garish circus tents and hyperactive clowns juggling skulls.