Winter 2024 • Vol. XLVI No. 1 Fiction |

Entropy

The Kenyon Review · "Entropy" by Melissa Yancy All weekend the neighbor had been on his knees, weeding the strip of dirt between the sidewalk and the street. Weeding was not quite the right word for it, implying the weeds were interlopers, as though they had not already exercised complete dominion over the property. The entire yard was a thick blanket of green, and at this time of year, with the yellow dandelion and oxalis in bloom, it could have been by design. It had its own beauty if you abandoned all expectations. The house across the way kept their grass the anemic shade of a yellow-green crayon and cut military short, and who could say that was superior?  I sat in my breakfast nook and tried to work in rhythm with the old man. I had edits to complete before my young daughter came home from her father’s house. As he plucked a juicy fringe of pineapple weed, I excised an errant comma. Pluck, pluck, pluck. But after an entire weekend of work, only small rectan

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Melissa Yancy’s story collection, Dog Years (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016), was winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize and a California Book Award and was longlisted for the Story Prize. Her short fiction has appeared in One Story, ZYZZYVA, Prairie Schooner, The Missouri Review, and many other journals. The recipient of an NEA fellowship, Yancy works and lives in Los Angeles.

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