Trust

Trust

“You’ll get a ticket parked that way,” I called. A slim black woman in cleaning clothes that workers wear at Regions Hospital had parked her rusty car along the curb, but pointed south, the wrong way on that street. She smiled as if she didn’t...
The Rebirth of Lowertown

The Rebirth of Lowertown

On a balmy weekday evening in the long light of June, I stopped to talk with other residents in Lowertown’s Gateway Park and noticed something remarkable: of the fourteen people enjoying the evening in the vast shade of our buildings, not one was wearing a...
David C. Martinez and Trinh Ngo

David C. Martinez and Trinh Ngo

The following two stories are written by adult learners of English as a second language in Saint Paul. The stories are from Journeys: Stories and Poems to Open Your Mind, an annual collection of student writings compiled by the Minnesota Literacy Council. Immigration...
The Union Depot

The Union Depot

In 1925, the Union Depot was a mere two years old, the granite embodiment of Saint Paul’s importance as a rail hub and seat of commerce. More than 280 trains a day stopped here, their 20,000 passengers pouring through the depot’s vast vaulted space and out...
Lament

Lament

It’s clear I’ve missed a few stellar odes on my way to do the laundry—cracks in the canon, Li Po and Heaney’s gold. I make school lunches dressed in black, heave mustard, ham and mayo on the bread while pondering what Yeats meant: What need have you...