W. Calvin Ross

(artist&writer)

American Sacraments: Marriage

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” – from the United States […]

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The Ember Moths (Genesis Part 8)

*shuff, shuff, shuff, shuff, shuff…* *shuff….* *shuff, shuff, shuff….* The leaves shuffled and crackled and crunched as I foraged for fallen limbs and sticks amongst the damp blanket of brown and orange leaves and pine needles on the edge of […]

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Hydroplane & Drown (Genesis Part 7)

It was raining. Big rain. Buckets of it. One minute straight down, the next at a forty-five degree angle, then back to straight down. I’d spent the last hour nursing a beer I didn’t want with friends I wished I […]

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You Get Crayons at the Heartbreak Hotel (Genesis Part 6)

There were crazies everywhere. There was a guy in baggy clothes in his gang’s colors sitting in a chair beside the sliding glass window that protected the nurses from the patients. He spent hours rocking back and forth staring at his […]

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Four Lincolns (Genesis Part 5)

….$5.03…. That’s all I had in my pocket when I left home, but that didn’t matter because I was fed up and I was free. The backseat and trunk of my little black Corolla were loaded down with all that […]

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The Creature (Genesis Part 4)

I  crept quietly into the office, grabbed a handful of copy paper and a ruler, and snuck back behind the display wall of the drug store photo department I managed. It was getting later in the evening and we were […]

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The Sneaky Poodle (Genesis Part 3)

“Now you don’t have to graduate a virgin….” She covered her naked face as her words trailed off through mid-coital sobs. My heart sank. We had been dating on and off since my sophomore year of high school. I’d been […]

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Teeth! (Genesis Part 2)

My adolescent smile was completely jacked up. As the last of my baby teeth fell out, my permanent teeth broke through and wreaked havoc inside my mouth. It was too small to fit all 32 of my adult teeth, so […]

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Gifted (Genesis Part 1)

Intellectual evaluations seemed like a kind of game at the time, so I guess its not surprising that I don’t remember much of the testing. I didn’t know that someone had suggested I be tested for anything special. I didn’t […]

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Daddy Issues

Its hard to deny that I’m my father’s son. Our eyes, nose, mouth, facial structure, and body type are so similar that, if you saw us together, you’d know right away that we’re father and son. I usually try to […]

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