Academic journal article Field

The Bubble

Academic journal article Field

The Bubble

Article excerpt

The airtight interior

wags in the turbulence as I flip through

some glossy tourism

trying to forget my body's obedience

to gravity's law

and its longing to fall, miles and miles

above western sky.

Would fall faster, faster than leaflets

hauled from a hull

declaring all young men should gather,

Jaffa center, May 1948.

Nahida's father would stash

one in his briefcase his

daughter resurrects for each PowerPoint

half a century, half

a world away. In SkyMall, I spy

a catalogue of the latest

newfangled gizmos-a video surveillance

analogue clock, motion-

activated, 2 gigabyte USB cufflinks,

World's Largest Write-On

Map Mural. "Three Days in Tel Aviv,"

glossy headlines read,

where in "Jafo" you can haggle the gruff

proprietors of the local

junk shop, full of ancient castoffs, dice

of life others placed

their bets upon. The jet shimmies on

the jet stream, quaking

ice in the plastic cup. O Tel Aviv,

"The Bubble" in which we

don't live but live in nonetheless. …

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