a contest with Boudreau
The cabbie who slapped his wife lost gas money in a bar. He resents smiles and considers a second round. Microscope religion eases him. Sidecar defendants clutch their purses while he babbles back-to-back guidance from above; taglines, Scriptures, and a flash of sadist tension. He hides stories in the rear view, douses them with shots of fuel and fourteen D.U.I.’s. He merges into a sideways glare,...
I had a ceramic premonition that blotched glances from the sink. It was a public announcement to colorless tiles and epithet doors. I heard a love song reverberate on wet paper scribbling. The auditor was a caterwaul, howling in rusted pipes. There was a creased smile in that moment, a sheen of water dripping ugly into a filthy basin, spreading and spreading
Dinner was good but I didn’t have the time to eat it all; I had to go scratch my face on the dispenser for a while. I took a stance over a restaurant sink to watch red aberrations, hid inside a hooded sweater and escorted a girlfriend across ice. After two bus transfers I was left to scour a tattered notebook and tell an old woman: “please, do not invite me into your car.” I’m blanked out,...
the sound gusts with me on sweltering bicycle rides, the sound slows my young body and screams at me when I fail to be a boy, the sound of tears on a plastic gun tells me I’m a cruel brother, the sound of lecture tells me I’m a cruel son, the sound of ventilation hums into my first kiss, and the sound of someone else’s lighter triggers teenage escape, the sound of the classroom buzzes through...
The reason I stopped watching films is because so many people lack any kind of...– Harmony Korine (1997)
all the pub faces said the same thing, said it while swilling contempt. I said no, I’ve washed my bed sheets, but the pub faces said I’m lying, said it’s right to be angry. they dropped their spare change into a glass and changed topic, but another night brought pub faces to dictate again.
we don’t recite revisions anymore. we cluster in absent spaces instead. three unemployed, sitting around an old couch; criss-crossing sad jokes, skinny legs; avoidance is easy without revolt