His teachers have nothing but good things to say about him

and everyone in town

seems to like him. He is on a first name basis with the cashier

at Shipley’s donuts. He goes there every morning before school

and always leaves a dollar or two in the not-so-clear glass jar

that has “TIPS” written on it with sharpie.

He never skips class, ever.

And he never misses an assignment.

He is not shy, no, he is not.

In the hallways everyone sees his smile before they see him.

What a nice young man he is turning out to be.

Every day he wears long sleeves to school because

he cuts his arms

with a letter opener the night before.





current MFA student focusing on novel writing.