Pamplemousse

The Student Literary Journal of Vermont State University

Two Poems

Two Poems

    Magic Trick #1 That place you purchased the first album that mattered no longer exists. There you are – thrown, in the parking lot of the new convenience store, like some Jankiewicz character. Watch me watching you mourn. Losses. Some are bigger than...
Two Poems

Two Poems

    A Partial Life Love and hatred, the tragic and the comic Harbor pulsing emotions. The urgencies of our living, however blemished, Give us purpose. And yet we largely live in the self-starvation Of indifference. Better to be a passion-rotted plum Than a...
Heroin Graveyard

Heroin Graveyard

“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.” –Anne Frank I used to light a candle for each of my dead friends, but now I think it would set my house on fire. Even some who are still breathing have died long ago, sold their souls to the white...
Ms. Lonelyhearts

Ms. Lonelyhearts

Lenora’s first heart arrived in a box of Rice Krispies. It fell into her cereal bowl with a damp thud, and for a brief moment she mistook it for a hunk of roast beef. It was crimson in spots and silver in others—as if parts of it had touched a hot skillet—but when...
Incoming Light

Incoming Light

  At the barbeque I tell myself I will kiss Lance Goldstone by the end of the evening. He’s the principal of the elementary school where my girls go and looks like a cross between Leonard DiCaprio and 1970s Burt Reynolds. Instead of Reynolds’s...