Maurice Kilwein Guevara
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My Grandmother's White Cat
When fiber-optic, sky blue hair became the fashion, my father began the
monthly ritual of shaving his head. It was August, and we were still living in the
Projects without a refrigerator. The sound of my mother fluttering through the
rosaries in another room reminded me of the flies I'd learned to trap in mid-
flight and bring to my ear.
"Vecchio finally died," my father said, bending to lace his old boots. "You
want to come help me?"
My grandparents lived in a green-shingled house on the last street before
the Jones & Laughlin coke furnaces,...