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Driving off a Bridge

[First published 23 Jan 2018 as “Life is a dream” by the Broad Street Review and reprinted by permission.] The two lanes merged as I slipped past the slower car to my right. Two other cars ducked in behind me. We were approaching a one-lane bridge, thin and high. The...

A Christmas Tree on Broad Street

First published in Broad Street Review 19 Dec 2017 as “Where N. Broad Meets the North Pole.” Beneath the railroad bridge that spans Broad Street just north of Glenwood, I was waiting for a Christmas tree, and so, I was waiting for Christmas, since Christmas doesn’t...

Lift Every Voice

[First published in Broad Street Review 28 Nov 2017 and reprinted by permission.] It was 2015 and I was staring up at another deadline. The art-song group Lyric Fest, with whom I was enjoying a season as their first resident composer, had asked me to write a work for...

The Oak Tree and the Bird

First published in Broad Street Review 1 Oct 2017 as Following a road to “home.” In the few days and in the half-dozen times we had traveled the road from Hartenstein to Zwickau, he only now mentioned it. “I have always admired that single-standing tree,”...