The Chattering Classes

The Chattering Classes

The masses chatter wherever they mass, the classes chatter even during tests, while the Chattering Classes speak for themselves alone, testing others’ patience. The patients, depleted from chatter surfeit, are admitted to the institution and quickly plug their ears....
Ports of Long Beach, California

Ports of Long Beach, California

1. I think you might have a stable of crazy thoughts in your chest, you said. We were driving home in the Subaru, we were sitting on the couch with nothing in our hands and the movie paused. The thought of us not loving each other was not a thought. I inhaled it as a...
Two Poems

Two Poems

genetics/the cell/reproduction/asexual When I glue the hybrid, its sound makes a memory like bones or like a pyre for all the oceans one can feel. Its zipper stills. It becomes a place. Accidently, it becomes a place. I ask its many heads to promise. I ask its many...
Two Poems

Two Poems

Gazillionaire Merging with Nature I won’t put my name on buildings and companies. I’ll hire delicate lawyers and let them float. I’ll take as my model the bonsai master imposing a pattern of imaginary storms on a complicated tree…. Until my wealth develops its own...
The Children

The Children

The snow was falling on the beach and so the children gathered it into their hands. They mixed white sand and whiter frost into balls of light and threw them. I watched a girl’s eye drift naked among the tide. I watched the evening give way to the boulevard. And when...
Rehearsal Elegy

Rehearsal Elegy

Another boy thinks his father dies each time he leaves home. Comes back a bony apparition on ESPN, long-eared effigy crucified in The Sun-Times. Another boy traces his father’s road trip, map in hand, before bed, whispering there he is, there he is. Down the hall his...
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