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Melissa Grunow

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I Don't Belong Here Essays by Melissa Grunow DITMAS LIT Reading Series
Wednesday, September 18
8:00 p.m.
Hinterlands Bar
739 Church Ave
Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, 11218

DITMAS LIT is a monthly reading series in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn dedicated to showcasing diverse emerging and established writers in all genres. On the third Wednesday of every month we gather at Hinterlands Bar in Ditmas Park, to listen as poets, essayists, fiction writers, and sto Read more of this blog post »
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Realizing River City

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“Joe’s presence was a comfort but also a nagging reminder of what it meant to be accountable to someone else, how easy it was to lose myself if people weren’t ever-present. He was to me what I needed from a man who wanted nothing from me.”
Melissa Grunow, Realizing River City

“There were two-foot-tall coils of barbed wire over the bridge wall that caught shopping bags in their spikes and shredded them. I watched those plastic ribbons fight in the wind, and far below saw concrete irrigation ditches that once contained the Rio Grande. The water dissipated, the only thing to see was the concrete spray painted with graffiti. The city, like the river, had dried up and left little in its place.”
Melissa Grunow, Realizing River City

“The desert tells a different kind of truth.”
Melissa Grunow, Realizing River City

“Joe’s presence was a comfort but also a nagging reminder of what it meant to be accountable to someone else, how easy it was to lose myself if people weren’t ever-present. He was to me what I needed from a man who wanted nothing from me.”
Melissa Grunow, Realizing River City

“There were two-foot-tall coils of barbed wire over the bridge wall that caught shopping bags in their spikes and shredded them. I watched those plastic ribbons fight in the wind, and far below saw concrete irrigation ditches that once contained the Rio Grande. The water dissipated, the only thing to see was the concrete spray painted with graffiti. The city, like the river, had dried up and left little in its place.”
Melissa Grunow, Realizing River City

“The desert tells a different kind of truth.”
Melissa Grunow, Realizing River City

“Don't ever give anyone credit for something that is yours.”
Melissa Grunow, Realizing River City

“We spoke in lyrics, in rhyme. Our dialogue was plagiarized , bastardized, glorified. Warmth penetrated our skin as our bodies came together, and the city would come alive with mischief and allusion.”
Melissa Grunow, Realizing River City




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