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Art by KJ Hannah Greenberg © 2020

RUSHING SLOWLY

 

THROUGH

 

A

 

LUCID DREAM

 

WITH

 

ROBERTO BOLAŃO

 

 

by Dr. Mel Waldman  

 

 

 

Lost in Greenwich Village, I meander mindlessly around the charming landscape that enchants & encircles me, an exotic conundrum & magical place/dazzling maze propelling me westward until I return to the Riviera Café.

 

“Is this Kismet?” I mutter.

 

Standing on 7th Avenue South, nestled between 7th Avenue & West 4th & West 10th Streets, I look through the café’s fantastic window. My friend Charlie sits in a corner.

 

Inside, I reveal an eerie dream.

 

My short rotund Charlie grins wickedly; his celestial smile gallops into my invisible universe. “The turquoise sky dissolves; years/decades evaporate; sail/swirl into . . .” Charlie gazes quizzically at me; his thin moustache quivers. He whispers a chimerical vision, “An olive-colored man, blonde woman, & dirty blond baby rest on the beach, 3 souls entwined.”  He shrieks, “Where are they?”

 

“Is this Kismet?” I mutter.

 

The white sand is a gorgeous galloping expanse of love/loss. “Is this Kismet on Fire Island or a pristine beach on Cape Cod?” A vast unbearable silence sweeps through us, lacerates our celestial oneness, points to the secret story, perhaps, a ferocious fate. “One beach whispers love entwined. The other is the deafening voice of death.”

 

The past returns forever in a bestial swirl of brainwaves. A dust devil shoots up from oblivion & the dead caress our shattered souls in inner space.

 

We sit in the Riviera Café. Charlie dissolves/vanishes & then one by one the café & the woman & child & the beach/beaches & Greenwich Village evaporate. But where am I?

 

 

 

Dr. Mel Waldman is a psychologist, poet, and writer whose stories have appeared in numerous magazines including HARDBOILED DETECTIVE, ESPIONAGE, THE SAINT, PULP METAL MAGAZINE, and AUDIENCE. His poems have been widely published in magazines and books including A NEW ULSTER, CLOCKWISE CAT, CRAB FAT LITERARY MAGAZINE, ESKIMO PIE, INDIANA VOICE JOURNAL, LIQUID IMAGINATION, THE BROOKLYN LITERARY REVIEW, BRICKPLIGHT, SKIVE MAGAZINE,

ODDBALL MAGAZINE, PABLO LENNIS, POETRY PACIFIC, POETICA, RED FEZ, SQUAWK BACK, SWEET ANNIE & SWEET PEA REVIEW, THE JEWISH LITERARY JOURNAL, THE JEWISH PRESS, THE JERUSALEM POST, HOTMETAL PRESS, MAD SWIRL, HAGGARD & HALLOO, ASCENT ASPIRATIONS, YELLOW MAMA, THE BITCHIN’ KITSCH, SOUL-LIT, TWO DROPS OF INK, and NAMASTE FIJI: THE INTERNATIONAL ANTHOLOGY OF POETRY. A past winner of the literary GRADIVA AWARD in Psychoanalysis, he was nominated for a PUSHCART PRIZE in literature and is the author of 11 books.

KJ Hannah Greenberg captures the world in words and images. Her latest photography portfolio is 20/20: KJ Hannah Greenberg Eye on Israel. Her most recent poetry collection is Mothers Ought to Utter Only Niceties (Unbound CONTENT, 2017). Her most recent fiction collection is the omnibus, Concatenation (Bards & Sages Publishing, 2018).

Recently, Hannah’s seventh short story collection was published by Bards and Sages Publishing.

The publisher writes: "Bards and Sages Publishing is pleased to bring readers Walnut Street, our seventh short story collection by KJ Hannah Greenberg. Greenberg’s flair for the peculiar and eclectic shines through in this collection of over fifty flash and short fiction works featuring anthropomorphic starship pilots, angsty authors, strange neighbors, and more."

Walnut Street is available on Amazon:

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Volumes One through Five of the KJ Hannah Greenberg Short Story Collection at 50% off the list in an exclusive bundle only at 

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