Laura wasn’t kidding about the 15th issue of >kill author!

12 Oct

Those Pope poems sure were rad, like in a I-feel-like-I-got-slapped-in-the-mouth kind of way.

And then I came to “Three Berg Passages: A Triptych” by Marcus Speh. All three are startling yet lovely, wild but so real. I especially loved the first one, a truly beautiful piece of writing.

Here’s a snippet from the beginning:

The rat was woken by lightning. Next to the rat, on the other side of the paper thin wall, lay a couple. The rat and the man stared upwards (some rats, like men, sleep on their backs) and sighed at the same time, proving the deep connection between their species.

The man was afraid that the woman lying next to him would leave him. He had these thoughts every night. He didn’t know he felt that way because of the guilt his father had felt towards a woman he’d impregnated in the 1950s, when being single was a raw deal. It was a complicated, systemic guilt.

 

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One Response to “Laura wasn’t kidding about the 15th issue of >kill author!”

  1. Laura Straub October 13, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    “The rat and the man stared upwards (some rats, like men, sleep on their backs)”
    Holy. Moses.

    Great Vouch Tyler. Hooray >Kill Author!

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