Christopher Notarnicola

Christopher Notarnicola’s work has been published with American Short Fiction, Bellevue Literary Review, Best American Essays, Consequence, Hobart, Image, Southampton Review, and elsewhere. Find him in Pompano Beach, Florida and at christophernotarnicola.com.

FIFTY-FIVE AND OLDER by Christopher Notarnicola

I’m about to be sick on the front porch. Granddad is at the back, beating his cane against the screen door to scare the Muscovy ducks. The neighbors understand—nobody wants duck mess on the walkway. We’ve split a buttered bagel and yesterday’s half pot. He’s probably finishing breakfast while my first bite slips from my tongue in a string of saliva, landing like egg yolk in the flowerbed. I gag. The neighbors have a hard time with my prolonged presence, though no one seems to have heard my heaving. Drum and bass in the front drive after midnight, and in…

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