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Aubrey Hansen

Author & Screenwriter

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Gunsmoke (Poem)

Do you remember

how we used to take over the living room with LEGOs

and our sagas would last for weeks?

—Remember when a book fell on our castle and knocked it down?

 

Yeah, and it smeared that one figure’s face. We renamed him after that.

 

What about playing Mario Kart

and how we’d repeatedly borrow the same cartridge from the library

so we wouldn’t lose our save file?

—Remember when you tried to teach me Smash Bros?

 

Yeah, that was funny. It didn’t go very well.

 

I wasn’t all bad at “boys games”…

remember playing … read more »

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Plans (Poem)

When you open a puzzle

for the first time,

there are

          p          i

          e                    c          e

                    s

everywhere.

 

No order at all.

 

But you sort them out,

and soon you find your first match.

 

          One piece,

                    two piece,

                              three.

 

Before long you have the border framed.

You know the boundaries,

so you start to fill in the middle.

 

          One piece,

                    two piece,

                              three.

 

Sections of the picture … read more »

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Settling (Short Story)

Content Warning: References to sex and sexual assault.

The Americas were very yellow.

Perhaps it was the glaring summer sun, which laid itself thickly in the air in an attempt to rouse the New England fields from their chilly spring stupor, but the whole scene seemed so colorless to Edwin. The grass was dry, the sky was pale, and the horses roamed with dull coats and listless eyes. It seemed a discredit to the Old World to call this the “New,” as if a faded map were superior to a masterful oil painting. Even the ale in his hand tasted … read more »