My short story The Butcher has been published in the current edition of Peril. Here's the opener:
Late one July morning, Mei Lin stood in the line inside the Harrington’s, the local butchers. Sen, brought along to push the second wheeled grocery cart required for the fortnight grocery run, clutched at her mother’s skirt, peering uncertainly at the whole lamb carcass and row of unplucked chickens hanging just behind the counter.
After waiting quietly for the better part of a half hour, Mei Lin raised her voice above the din of orders. “Haff poun of chickin mince and lamb back strap thank you, sir.” Her still-strong accent cut through the bustle of the busy shop like scythe splitting melon, dulled the cheery neighbourhood chatter to silence.
“Well Mr. Harrington, you gonna let that fuckin chink lady buy up a piece of England?”
Click here for the full piece. You can also check out my 12 minute patois audio poem Some Dream Was Brewing in the latest cd of the latest issue of Going Down Swinging. Also stay tuned for the publication of my illustration Poelectronica in the upcoming issue of Cordite Poetry Review. I'll give it a shout out once it's up.