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The profits from the sale of Sandstone, an anthology of contemporary Western writers, go directly to This House of Books, Billings’ first cooperative bookstore. You’ll read stories and poems here from writers you love: Tami Haaland, Shann Ray, Jamie Ford, Anna Paige, Dave Caserio, and many more.
I’ve even got a few in it.
Here’s one of the more whimsical:
The Morning the Pasque Flowers Bloomed
Waking with magical powers
Tim strolls with his dog across Mumbai, Aleppo, and Kabul
Off-capping to busy neighbors and offering Bella’s amiable head
to children’s’ curious hands
Later, he’ll oversee
the transformation of moldy leftovers into penicillin
He will make sure cobalt blue teapots adorn all gardens across all continents
reminding people that the sky has not always been blue
nor love so complete
After that, he will see to it
that Dr. Watson outwits Sherlock Holmes
Basking in his successes, he’ll try out the curse of the Bambino,
comma splices, accidents, illness, and heartache
He plans to do something about laundry and housework, generally
Tomorrow, just for fun,
he will see to it that on every piece of paper on every desk on the entire planet a cat stops
If only for one day, every man will lift its tender body in his hands
and feel the grumble of love against his fingertips