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Author page: Ryan Molloy

Albert Einstein

only a few people really try to understand relativity like my father who for decades kept the same gray book next to his bed with diagrams of arrows connecting clocks and towers in the morning he’d cook eggs and holding a small…

The Inheritance

Stop counting other people’s money. You’re pulling from the discards. We had to liquidate your holdings to ensure your future comfort. It’s someone else’s child. It changed. We are ideal candidates. We’re not related by blood…

Hustle

They lie like stones and dare not shift. Even asleep, everyone hears in prison. Dwayne Betts deserves more than this dry ink for his teenage years in prison. In the film we…

You What?

Serious eaters from here to Kankakee welcome the disaggregation of religion into irreducible chips, dot dot dot. Carsick in Canada you can feel it coming up. You can feel it coming. Something will turn…

Oakland

You told me you adored me from your grove of oak trees, surprised me with a hastily scripted pornography of oak trees. Your feet press the clutch, hands turn the throttle, of…

Safari

Evenings on the Street of Ermine men with silver find a brothel where the comely whores, on pedestals, are dressed in leaves or feathers: one’s made up to be a peacock; one, an ibis; one,…

Search Party

A foreign tourist was reported missing in the volcanic canyon Eldgjá after she failed to return to her tour bus. She had changed her clothing during the stop and her…

Japanese in Three Weeks

—taken verbatim from Japanese in Three Weeks: Daily Conversation Made Easy, circa 1935   1. I have loved you from the very beginning. You are priceless above all pearls to me. All night long I dream…

A Pair of Interacting

galaxies. rebecca bates exits the train at astoria-ditmars blvd. pushes a man on the stairs—pushes a man coming up—pushes a man approaching pulling against and the stair. it is a kind…

A Sudden Gust

after A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai) by Jeff Wall   Forget about Hokusai for a minute: in this photograph, the bend of the tree is a replica of the bend…

A Very Good Dog

I must have looked so handsome because she said you look so handsome and I must have been eight years old because she said    I can’t believe you are already eight years…

The Angel

The angel stands in your room when you are a child. Its presence is a dense swelling in the dark. You lie in bed. You are afraid of angels. You…

Autobiography

Attempted avoiding abysses, assorted abrasions and apertures, abscesses. At adolescence, acted absurd: acid, amphetamines. Amorously aching after an arguably arbitrary Abigail, authored an awful aubade. Am always arabesquing after Abigails. Am always afraid: an affliction? Animals augur an…

Sock

Imagine an inversion as simple as socks: putting your hand into the toe of yourself and pulling. Now when you talk you are relieved to find your tongue is inside out. And when you say I believe I may be based on a…

Fatal Flaw

The fatal flaw works through the body like a needle, just a stitch now and then, again and again missing the heart. Most people never bend in the fatal way at the fatal instant, although they harbor a needle they shouldn’t, or, conversely, some critical…