Project Type: Mindy's Posts

American Sentence

“American Sentence” You are blessed here whether you know it or not: American health care. Poverty an opportunity to overcome the devil’s curse, our health care innovative and complex. It can’t be for everyone. Think of the studies. The new and expensive drugs. You…


“Sonnet” __ I won’t compare you to a summer’s day, because this is Alaska, and you are not like the endless rays but more like a cold blast that arrives in darkness and never leaves until time slowly passes and we beg for reprieve….


Elegant and understated, Calloused and serious, Lending she has never been desperate— I tell her I have always been desperate. Possibly I’m overstating. Surely she has been desperate at least once, Even though I can only speak for myself, Dealing as I am with…


This room in my heart finds its meager light from a memory wrung out like a towel, blue, sometimes slate, others times the sea, stretching from her steady eyes to my side’s thorns. I, roses, leveled by her unwitting vines— there’s blood all around….

Challenger 8:39 a.m. PST

Standing at attention at flag ceremony Rows of plaid skirts and pressed pants Daily flag salute and “Our Father” Sincere and devoted guardianship over minds and hearts– We knew order in our hearts. Tragedy shattered the television’s safe glass, Cloud caterpillar, unnatural white tentacles….


Three couplets by Mindy Goorchenko!

Mourning a Child

We’ve kept the plant alive
almost four months.

Natural Resources

My primal wound revealed itself to me
on a Monday, like any other Monday,
in the midst of negotiating the highway
during an unwelcome winter rain.

A New Daughter

I buckle a wide-eyed baby fresh from her parents’ row with police into a car seat. She files away their memory into a place so hard to reach: their fist fights, and drunken arrests. Her pierced and infected ears tiny versions of Jesus’ hands….


A child warbling like a child
unable to fly or talk or move