Poetry Saturday: Emma Bolden

Excerpt from The Multiverse, by Emma Bolden

(published in Calyx, vol. 31 no. 2: Summer/Fall 2019)

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Somewhere is a version of myself who pulls
notes gold out of her own throat & another

who steps from night into day & back again inside
a bubble of silence from which she never wishes

to step, then another who never steps nor wishes.
Somewhere I am unlighting my second cigarette,

unpouring my seventh drink. I am holding
the steering wheel at the correct 10 & 2 o’clock


Emma Bolden is the author of House Is an Enigma (Southeast Missouri State University Press), medi(t)ations (Noctuary Press), and Maleficae (GenPop Books)

Raphael Bob-Waksberg: Your Pain Is My Pain

The short story self is reading today is Lunch With the Person Who Dumped You.

At the rate self is going, she’ll never finish Raphael Bob-Waksberg’s collection, never! Which is a pity, as she’s got two meaty fantasy reads lined up to read next: Philip Pullman’s The Secret Commonwealth, and Katherine Addison’s The Goblin Emperor (which was recommended to her by her seatmate on a recent flight to London: a Stanford grad on his way to deliver a paper at a conference in Glasgow)

An excerpt from Bob-Waksberg’s story:

Remember, the one who laughs last laughs longest, so make sure you laugh last and when you do you laugh heartily but with a detached air of none-of-this-really-matters-I-haven’t-been-lying-awake-at-night-staring-at-the-ceiling-regurgitating-all-this-pain coolness.

Which is an attitude that really helps, especially today. Given what’s just gone down in the Senate.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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