This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Jordi Alonso, is from Night Swim by Joan Kwon Glass, released by Diode Editions in 2022.
How to Make Pancakes for a Dead Boy
content warning for suicide
First, crack the egg into a sinkhole of grief. Measure the ingredients, then stir, until the lumps no longer resemble bullets. Try not to see him standing at your side at age six, front teeth missing, pulling on your sleeve to whisper with a grin: Auntie, please add extra chocolate chips. Run the electric beaters until you can no longer hear his voice as a toddler or the snap and boom of his first and last shot. Pour the batter onto the griddle. While the pancakes rise, read his suicide note again. Try to make sense of it and get nowhere. Cut the pancakes into bite-sized pieces. Sweeten the plate as you scream.
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