Today, I YouTubed “How to Tie a Noose.” My mother hates me. She said so. I barely make over minimum wage—even after getting a master’s degree. I live next door to an apocalyptically loud construction site operating thirteen hours a day, six days a week. My one-bedroom apartment is beneath a barking dog. I can’t afford to live anywhere else.
Jason M. Thornberry’s work appears in The Los Angeles Review of Books, JMWW, North Dakota Quarterly, and elsewhere. Jason overcame a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic epilepsy. Relearning to walk and speak, he earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Chapman University. He lives in Seattle with his wife. Twitter: @thornberryjm
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