SSM: “Men Glass” by Sarah Rose Etter

7 May

I remember reading this short story by Sarah Rose Etter in the March issue of The Collagist, the strangeness of it, its uncomforting. Etter strings words together in a way that makes you forget yourself, the same way she strings the names of the captive men together until they’ve forgotten themselves, until they and you have stopped pawing at the Plexiglass, a way in or a way out.

The unraveling of the men went something like this each time slight variations:

Nice to meet you. My name is Tim Brad Tom Sean Mike.

And what do you do?

I’m a professor butcher lawyer guitar player construction worker.

Would you care to buy me a drink?

That’s all it took, eye contact for that long. She hated this part hated the Jessica bits but thought about the end – their eyes behind the glass their movements hushed. She thought about love.

How many drinks does it take? By the fourth she can lean over like a lady put a hand on a male thigh whisper Come home with me say it very pronounced like there was a period behind each word making each word matter very much.

Then it was grins thousand-watters billboard faces cheekbone fireworks.

Read the whole story at The Collagist.

2 Responses to “SSM: “Men Glass” by Sarah Rose Etter”

  1. Dawn. May 7, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

    That story is fucking incredible. Everyone should buy Tongue Party. It’s cheap, pretty, and it will make your day, I promise you that. 🙂

    I’m loving all these SSM goodies. Thanks for joining in, Christopher.

    • ce. May 9, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

      I probably should’ve mentioned Tongue Party in this post! I’m a jerk. I’ll have to update it when I get a spare few minutes at work today.

      Glad you’re enjoying SSM, Dawn!

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