Academic journal article Field

Lost Exit Interview

Academic journal article Field

Lost Exit Interview

Article excerpt

Can you measure the length of your work and stay?

Not in tea or coffee spoons,

not on wing-pairs turned gold

with August. Not even in sols,

those upbreaths of the red baton.

I counted nights. In the sharp

blanks where crickets should've been,

I traced another, blurrier loop:

the old volcano, breathing.

What were your expectations? Do you believe the training you received was adequate?

As angry adolescents, we learned

to remake our insect sounds

by dragging one finger across

the wet rim of a glass.

I wanted, somehow,

to flip this iteration:

re-gender this world

as something humid, more mirrored.

Describe your home and weekly routine, including any obstacles faced.

Some days it is nothing

but pageantry, the sting of layers

and layers, dust and rock and armor,

our terrain's wrinkled palimpsest. Somewhere

towards the bottom, I

am water, a blue costume.

Was there a single moment when you realized you had lost faith in _____?

I asked, what is it in

this landscape's warp

that hollows my brain

toward speechlessness?

Who or what do you blame for your decisions? …

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