Winter 1998 • Vol. XX No. 1 FictionJanuary 1, 1998 |

Here’s a Shot of Us at the Grand Canyon

In fact they can be located quite precisely. The satellite photograph in infrared shows a set of curves and cantilevers upon a wooded lot at the end of a cul-de-sac within a gated community inside of a small town on the edge of a city. It is an image of their house. The splotches are heat sources, perhaps individuals, perhaps poorly insulated appliances. Who can say? Outside there is a narrow band of fescue, no wider than a moat, holding off the wilderness, and during the summer Roger hacks at tendrils of poison ivy as if they were tentacles reaching up from unimaginable depths. Amy watches through a perfectly round portal. He rakes, mows, and grooms an impeccable houndstooth of needles at the edge of the woods. She brushes her hair straight back, pulling tightly enough to lift the furrows from her face and create an epicanthic fold. Yet she never blinks. It is a haunted house. Amy and Roger have a pale, white son named Wesley, perhaps a piano prodigy, who plays Chopin a

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