Bio Note: I am a poet and fiction writer who currently serves on the Alaska Writers Guild Board of Directors. In addition to Verse-Virtual, my work has recently been accepted by The Daily Drunk ("In Punxsutawney, Phil Sees His Shadow," Feb. 7, 2021), The New Verse News ("Major," Jan. 29, 2021) and The Cabinet of Heed ("Harmattan," forthcoming March 2021). I am now preparing to publish an illustrated collection of short fiction, The Birthday Picture: and Other Stories, through Red Sweater Press this fall.
with thanks to Julia O’Malley A cookbook sparks a conversation about culture & climate change that circles through privilege, rights, & blame, back to the question of what, exactly, is to be done about all this. What other wisdom might we unearth, doors & mouths might be opened, by hunger on a holiday that celebrates connection & creation?
I arrive tired, after work, at the oil change place, to find the front door locked (due to wind) and the name changed to “Diamond Plated Automotive,” as if it were a giant, public piece of jewelry, and not a home for grease monkeys, disguised as a place of business. Inside, the girls answer the phones, breathe the shop’s new name into their receivers so fast, it seems like I’m the last to know, this isn’t Mr. Lube, anymore. I don’t know if the transition was driven by an effort to localize, or simply the whim of a new owner looking to start with a clean slate — except for the old signs on the wall, in the windowsill, and on the storefront. My silent irritation at this departure from my quarterly routine is enough to make me wonder if I’ve gotten too comfortable in my prejudices, and this old town of mine — if it’s time to move on, expect the unfamiliar in a way that keeps the mind open, performs that necessary maintenance on the ever-rumbling soul.
©2021 Caitlin M. S. Buxbaum
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