This selection, chosen by Guest Curator H.V. Cramond, is from The Water Cycle by Variant Lit in 2022.
Every morning you drink coffee from a mug painted with a river & I
am always astonished by the way you mix ginger root & fireproof boxes
into still life. For years I’ve lived inside steel-winged flying machines &
airport bars, my people the grounded people looking for new ways to
drown. The last bartender I praised was pregnant, her bouquet of belly
a small, miraculous moon in a world where the best thing someone
could offer me was a double shot of whiskey or beer at 7:30 am. I’m
not saying I’m sorry that I lived that way. I’m saying that four months
later her daughter is three months old & I wonder if you ever loved
someone as much as I loved the way she sliced a new lemon for me &
called me sweetheart while her baby kicked against the tide.
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