Perhaps she shouldn’t have agreed to let Kevin take her home—I mean, he could be a creep.

Kevin said, “You’re really attractive, Melinda.”

THE GUY AT THE POETRY READING BY ELLEN BLOOMENSTEIN

34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 65

Kevin thought of himself as a tragic figure in a state of decay. Love and destruction were the topics of the poems he wrote in his spare time. At 35, he liked to believe he would never be married and had once been told by a fo…

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