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Abstract Expressionism

yesterday at the national gallery ……….some kids said of a frankenthaler it reminded them of mario kart the ……….numeral seven rainbows by the sea a row of taffy thrown ……….from a float a bloody nose spring…

Notes in the Margin

Ferlinghetti In my mother’s battered copy of Ferlinghetti’s A Coney Island of the Mind, she wrote a single word in the margin of page 29. Ferlinghetti’s nearby lines are  Don’t…

One Thing

1 I had a thing about sensation. It was small, dedicated, working its way in to me. I was reminded of a bee burrowing  into the smooth cone of a flower, how it wags its bottom in the air— funny. 2 I had a…

Tool: CDLP swim shorts, $159

FEATURES: Side-seam pockets Available in “Deeper Lagoon” Ecologically considerate “Consciously constructed” in Portugal Call them hams. Call them my milkers. They are thighs, mine, and these names are the blows…

Three Bodies in Texas

There’s an optical illusion that went viral a few years ago, an illustration from a nineteenth-century German humor magazine. From one angle, the drawing looks like a duck; from another,…

Checkpoint

I crossed a border, I crossed a line, I crossed a threshold, I crossed a divide, I forded the strait between nowhere and wish, I shifted my body’s weight in the direction…

The Beach

At night, the dead lovers of the living wade out of the sea and build small fires along the break. They shed their heavy coats, empty their pockets of debris. They know…

Side Quest

Non-exhaustive list of games mentioned: Fable What Remains of Edith Finch Disco Elysium I want to talk about endings. They can be a lot of things—wistful, wishful, demoralizing, canonical—but what they…

Snow Theory

I haven’t killed a thing since 2006 The darkness out there, wet as a newborn I dog-eared the book & immediately thought of masturbation How else do we return to ourselves but to…
A phone screen creates an unending vortex of screenshots, like a digital Russian nesting doll.

Tool: Screenshot

FEATURES: Captures anything on the screen as a .png file Stored on a smartphone camera roll or a computer desktop  Not actually a photo I’ve always been embarrassed by the…
A man sits at his drawing table, looking nervously at his creation, as an ink blot dog barks in the background.

Holed Up

Finally, the mint is up. My small ambit of yard. Monitoring its progress.  The azalea has a few tightly furled pinks like napkins twisted in a lap  anxiously below the dinner table.   As a…