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Edward Gorey
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Illustrator Edward Gorey (1925–2000) is the author of more than one hundred books, including The Doubtful Guest, The Gashlycrumb Tinies, and The Headless Bust. He illustrated works as diverse as Bram Stoker’s Dracula, H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds, and T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. His numerous anthologies have been translated into fifteen languages, and he won the Tony Award for Best Costume Design for the 1977 Broadway revival of Dracula.

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Vol. 82
Works & Days
Spring 2024
Bradford Morrow

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May 22, 2024
Now that the bumblebees are sounding in the yard, sprint to the garden store in your tank top with your poodle as if there is a headwind. Stub a toe. Hear the tick of the clock as you place your items on the trolley: a new houseplant, two and three: a philodendron since you already have a few and they grow so nicely. Pay for mulch. Get some stones while you’re at it. Some daisies for the back. Black-eyed Susans too.
May 15, 2024
The boy watches me tend the fry pan. First of November in a warm year. I was an old man this morning. Now it is night and I am still an old man. The good stink of hot fried whitefish rises in the kitchen and oak leaves have fallen, painted the hill red. I am an old man because my body does not move fast. I am an old man because I have seen change that is large enough to fit inside my body. The change I have seen is like a bent stick I have swallowed. It sits inside my chest. It might make a hole in something soon.
May 8, 2024
Why my mother don’t like me?
     I ask Ansin, my grandmother. I say, How it is my mother never did like me?
     She steups. Kiss she teeth. And smooth-out that news she was reading in. Raise it up again to give it a little flip. At the top. And you could feel the vexness in that flip too.
     I say, Is cause I ent got no father?