HOW TO EAT FIRE

At Coney Island Sideshow School, the teacher asks our group to forget about nutrition. “You do not really eat the flame,” she says. “You starve it of oxygen, then wait for the applause to fizzle.” Mary says, not good enough.   She starts with plastic lighters – snacks which leave her hungry for more. She […]

THERE IS NOTHING IN THIS CORNER (for Jee Kast)

There is nothing in this corner but this here heavy longing, brother. One heavy piece of longing. Heavy enough that one might, on a slow day build a soapbox derby car our of it, with two sets of training wheels for wheels and call it something silly. Paint red flames on the sides with pinstripes […]

MYSTERIOUS DRINKING INJURIES (for Emma Joliffe)

The floorplan of Westminster Abbey tattooed on the left shoulderblade.   A missing tooth, replaced with the head of a lego pirate.   A small depression in the shinbone, like a playdough thumbprint.   Ears filed to points and autographed by Hugo Weaving.   Six claw marks down the left forearm, six, count them, equidistant. […]