Maria Porges, ‘Shortest Story 80’, 2016, Tayloe Piggott Gallery

"I make my living," he said with a shrug, "by fixing the things other people break—whether through stupidity or accident, it hardly matters. The outcome is the same. Shards or shreds come back together until the place where they were once apart is invisible, stronger than it was before." His eyes narrowed as he faced the door. "If only the mistakes were not repeated. The cruelty resumed. The criticism voiced for a thousandth time... If only, in other words, your dearest mother was more like a vase."

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