Recipe for Curing Meat Ingredients: One middle-aged body, pre-seasoned One small polyp, free-range One four-ounce plastic and titanium Chemo port Two liters sub-lethal chemicals Oxycodone Remove polyp from inside cavity. Note number of unusual cells. Discard. Draw blood. Strip body. Slice open chest and insert chemo port. Run tube from port to heart. Sew incision.
The Tightrope Walker For a time in my twenties I stole things. Not anything that was actually for sale; I had my standards. But tips that other people left on bars, restaurant silverware, sugar packets, samples of eye cream at makeup counters, rolls of toilet paper were all fair game. I picked flowers from my
Problems Two young women in a tea parlor, B and C. They are cousins, one month apart. As children they shared peaches at the shore, stole quarters for skeeball, capsized sailboats and voodooed baby dolls, terrorized the lunch counter at Woolworth’s, drank beer. Kissed boys at camp dances, college clubs, church altars. C is pregnant.
David Trinidad is the editor of A Fast Life: The Collected Poems of Tim Dlugos (Nightboat Books, 2011). His most recent book is Dear Prudence: New & Selected Poems (Turtle Point Press, 2011). He lives in Chicago, where he teaches at Columbia College. Recently, Trinidad discussed collaboration, influence, and craft with Andrew Terhune. Andrew Terhune:
A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan Review by Lisa Levine “A Visit From the Goon Squad” isn’t a must-read for MFA craft classes, but it should be. The recognition Jennifer Egan’s fifth book is receiving this year ought to remove any doubt that she is a writer to learn from. Her layered