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  • Just her name makes my mouth taste like rancid butter.

    Bubble in the Bathtub

  • What comes out of my mouth is driven by anger: at my righteous mother, who refuses to look out the window and see there is no bright dawn on the horizon; at my black-hearted country that inspired her, forged her into steel, and deceived her.

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • This was, of course, not necessaryI wasnt about to make a break for Hell Hall and bust in on Josh and the copsbut I kept my mouth shut.


  • She puts her green-tipped index finger to my mouth and gets a very serious look on her face.


  • Istood facing the pay phone, my mouth wide open, my heart racing.


  • THE PRESENT PERFECT TENSE is not really present, I say to my private student Svetlana, who is focusing on my mouth with such intensity that my ears begin to burn.

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • “Open wide,” says my meringue-hatted dentist as she packs my mouth full of chalk-tasting rolls of cotton.

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • I draw my mouth up into a little “O” and put my hand over it in mock sheepishness.

    Disenchanted Princess

  • I said, the word wobbly and anguished, my mouth barely able to form the sounds.

    Claim to Fame

  • My heart bangs against my rib cage, my mouth goes dirt dry, and my breath comes in short, wispy gasps.



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