Academic journal article Chicago Review

The Other August

Academic journal article Chicago Review

The Other August

Article excerpt

"The useless objectivity of things." - Jean Baudrillard

I

It wasn't kindness, no. More a contempt so all-encompassing it needn't deign to cruelty, word with no memory of a world. It gave this site to me, sheer Saturday where noon singed the pulp of powdered leaves to paper pavements shoes calligraphied. The light eroded all day long across the seen, the long days' half-written autobiography. I walked for hours through the park, lacking an occupation or arboreal god, the missing man I listened in the lindens for. One afternoon it was summer, a fluke of light and correspondent clouds, a little wind, the bodies half-transparent and experimental, relics seen much too clearly behind glass.

II

He's not wearing a shin this afternoon he bicycles through what's possible, this boy with copper nipples burnished by noon. The day's a palimpsest of gnats and car exhausts, heat mirages where the actual can't be touched: each day needs to be something or another. He's weaving through lunchtime traffic like a bee tracing an aerial route to pollen, a plot of peonies beside the parking lot where he dismounts and locks his bike. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.