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The Black Gazebo

By Kirby Wright


The gazebo fireplace is overwhelmed with butts, several stained red. There’s a single stub. A birch-handled spatula rests on a crowning brick above the scattered grates from ancient barbecues, when the sun worked its magic on appetites. The stink of tobacco ash humans the day.


A scrap of paper with faded letters blows in. It’s Martin & Servena’s shopping list in purple woman-script, with everything from baguettes to Brie Noir to Champagne. Where are these lovers who ate and drank under this black roof? I screw on a new face remembering the girl that I lost, the first one to ever touch me.

Kirby Wright's second play, Asylum Uncle, opened at the Secret Theatre's LIC Festival in New York on November 4th, 2016. Wright was the 2016 Artist in Residence at the Eckerö Mail and Customs House in the Åland Islands, Finland. He is working on a poetry and flash manuscript set in Helsinki and Stockholm.

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