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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Ron Riekki has published U.P. (Ghost Road Press), How To Kill Yourself with a Gun and a Bottle of Pills (Original Works Publishing), She Took God (Gypsy Daughter Chapbooks), and The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works (upcoming May 2013, Wayne State University Press). His fiction has been Pushcart nominated, his poetry has been Best of the Net nominated, and his play Carol is upcoming in The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2012.

Ron Riekki

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Traditional Chinese Medicine

My wife says every one

of her bones will break
apart if she doesn't lie
in bed for 42 days

after the pregnancy.
She says she can't shower
or move for 42 days

or she will have bad
joints when she's in her 60s.
She stays in bed for the 42 days.

I keep waiting until she's 60.