Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Airport Economy Inn

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Airport Economy Inn

Article excerpt

No one speaking, nothing moving

except for the way the snow keeps falling,

its falling a kind of talking in the dark

while all across the valley we keep on sleeping

in the separate conditions of our dreaming.

His face all overgrown with concern

the newsman's mouth says whatever it's saying,

explosions going off, sound turned down, wind

ripping at some twanging strip of metal.

My friend's voice keeps murmuring in my head,

murmuring she's stressed by going out

with two men at once, worrying they'll cross

and she'll lose them both, she's starting

to drink and smoke too much, love's

making her a liar, a chimney head, an alky.

No one speaking, nothing moving but snow

falling, falling, burying this motel

with its take-out menu, New Standard Bible,

checkout time 11 A.M.,

smiley face envelope to leave the maid a tip:

out in the hall someone's pounding

on the ice machine, one hand beating rhythm to

fuck it fuck it fuck it fuck it . . .

Reveries of living here year after year,

scalloped walls, cottage cheese ceiling,

plaster hands praying on the checkout counter,

complimentary doughnuts hoarded in the ice bucket

DO NOT DISTURB credit card imprint

Room 401 s one of our regulars

... food, god, death, money, a TV clicker

to push the world back and bring it closer,

fantasies of lust so ridiculous and charmed

you need two king beds and a mirrored ceiling. …

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