Magazine article World Literature Today

Invisible War

Magazine article World Literature Today

Invisible War

Article excerpt

Glints of the tram. The nondescript houses

dream numb underwater dreams. Faces are

transparent bubbles popping off from the windows

where water used to break through. The pedestrians

crossing to the other side of the street drag

heavy years in their shopping bags. Better to forget

them. Some ended up on the hook

of a quick death. Some merely fell ill

and when they healed, let ivy run over the balcony

railings and grew flowers in a case. While

continuing to write, on and off, less and less.

The screech of brakes can't wake you now from sleep.

Cartilage calcifies, an uninhabitable archipelago

sediments on the frontal lobe. And nothing

can dull the metronome beats of fear. …

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