Article - Autumn 2021

It’s Come to This

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St. Paul: 2020

By Patricia Hampl | September 7, 2021
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Courtesy of the author

All night, thunder. Low mutters rumbling from Minneapolis, like a neighbor’s angry spat through a flimsy wall. This has nothing to do with you, lucky you. Then whole minutes of reassuring quiet—entirely phony, as it turns out. The calm before the …

The first cracking fusillade hits, slams. The window sash judders.

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