A community of swimming pools huddles around the lake like newborns. The lake, man-
made. The pools full of inflatable palm trees. Phone calls from the Palmdale area. On the
phone, a wife and a husband, both say that spiritual disasters do not make an individual.
Identity relies heavily on differences, but often succumbs to sameness. They laugh until
the phone disconnects itself. Another person hopes not to remain at home, as heat will
silence a brain. Outside people grind through the light of the sky. Inside everyone
becomes the same height. Two people grind pepper in four palms.


Stephen is the managing editor for Subito Press and editor of Robot Melon.

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