A boy watches a television program with his mother where the camera follows an elderly lady in a beige pantsuit as she interviews impoverished women on sidewalks. One of the three interviewees screams at Jesus over a husband whose amputated toes were fed by mob hands through a Midtown sewer grate. Another sobs for a tire-ironed brother limp beneath the entrance of a parking garage. The last, a junkie with dime-sized sores on her cheeks, chirps her gratitude when the lady in beige hands her a pair of thick yellow socks for the upcoming winter.

“My husband will love these,”…

Garrett Dennert

Seattle-based author of Wounded Tongue and Strays Like Us, Garrett Dennert crafts wise and approachable novels, short stories, essays, screenplays, and more.

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