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* Cover image by Susan Wallack
Copyright © Adam Fieled 2011
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* One Part Paradise © Susan Wallack
Yes, this is how it must be, high up;
there is no earth in this pitted wood.
Stoli, Captain Morgan's, especially;
all taste clear, brackish, bring sweets.
Beneath flesh, digested meats;
she's expecting, wants me to die.
If I'm dead, I drink to this death.
If I live, I curse her stomach, too.
There is little else to do. New York:
a crust of bread that crumbles, spits.
When I take her, I take an island:
all streets split to flush us into it.
There's a steep price for this shit.
Our low-down: reverse mountains flake.
Listen, now that I've got you alone I need
to break a few things to you. You think
this guy is going to make a responsible
father? Look how shiny these shoes are,
and you know why? I took the time to
have them shined. This guy has hands
that shake, eyes that dart, lips that curl,
and it's all because he can't take care of
himself. You think having two kids at
once is going to be glamorous? Do you
really have that much of a martyr complex?
Please, here's another Diet Coke, I know
this isn't fun for you, especially because you
have to cab it back to the subway. I'll pay.
Look: the boy-child sleeps. Of course, he left
a cigarette in the ash-tray; sudden death's here.
I take his sleeping hands, place them on my
belly, just so he knows, at least somewhere in
the dense green fog of his existence, what's about
to happen. My breasts are watermelons, it's sick.
His hands are limp. I'm damp: I still want this man
(if he can be called a man, if that bald pate signifies).
To think, that all he's swallowed in this are lies.
Of course, tiny streaks of spit mar his pillow.
I bought them of course, and their blueness works.
He'll leave me lit too, and wanting a real father.
Yet, do I take the blame for this hideousness? Yes.
Two babes are sleeping while I get undressed.
Truth is, he's only half-asleep. He left
the cigarette in the ashtray, hoping the
place would burn down: he's a terrorist.
She's the fattest woman he's ever kissed.
But, as she lies her hefty bones beside him,
there is tenderness that wells up sofdy.
If he opens his eyes, he falls deeply, again.
Outside, slush builds up, brown, grey.
The blue Hudson signals from beyond.
Nighttime is not a time to go someplace.
It's a common human race scenario;
with a pregnant wife, you do not go.
Now, she snores, he flips the spit-stained
pillows, laid stiff like a cadaver, ashamed.
Do their dreams coalesce? His dreams are still, blue:
girls in their youths, pliant limbs, bright eyes, smooth.
In dreams like this he doesn't have to move, they do it.
Long languorous lays on beaches, he digs deep for it.
There is no risk as the spray hits him, here to eternity.
But crosses dangle mysteriously from blank blue skies —
each one slightly different to the others, asks repentance.
So he pumps as her face changes (this one, that one),
confesses to it as he finishes, reaches for a drink, it ends.
It's 4 a.m.: if there is a wolf at this hour, it's him.
In the dim light, her frame repulses him swiftly.
His mind explodes with exploded possibilities,
all the how things used to be that never were.
That spit on the pillow should've been for her.
Poor guy that he is, he sits on the toilet, not needing
to shit. He thinks if he pushes his bowels hard enough
(especially with all the Heineken in him) something'll come.
Truth is, he just likes the idea of flushing parts of himself.
The shit comes from within, so that's less of him exists.
Yanking up his boxers, he looks in the wall-length mirror.
A wraith, more or less emaciated, looks back. No one to
watch over him but many, many to subjugate, withhold,
deny, supplant, stymie, titillate, vex, disturb, outfox.
His eyes are his best feature: stark raving mad sapphire. They
glow in the dark, an old girlfriend used to say, they dazzle.
He sits on the toilet with the seat up, enjoying being
pointless (not just pointless but profoundly pointless, that's
the thing, a beacon of pointlessness, a pointed husk.)
He figures he might as well smoke outside.
My lady, he speaks, doth need no smoke.
But it's cold and he thinks, who cares?
Each drag mixes with the final beer buzz
in a sweet, maudlin, I'm doing this haze.
Yes, the father smokes, drinks, reveals
the good Irish taste not to hide these things.
Succulent, how hazy his mind is in miasma.
The calendar on the kitchen wall has some
tart on it, stretching her parts like rubber bands.
Maybe she's the one from his dream? She may
as well have been. He's a father, he's past this
stuff. Still, the old hangman's itch hits him at
such an angle that it's back to the bathroom.
His erection juts, but fades as he vigorously pumps.
Feeling knavish, he runs to the kitchen, takes the
calendar off the wall and, in his drunken sense, it
seems perfect to rub the picture on his crotch. As
he does, he stands, and the baby's tears and his
intense drunkenness and his lover's fat ass and the
tart's large breasts move him so much that when
he finally finishes it is with such emotion that he
barely notices a few words coming from the bedroom.
He finishes, makes a wad of toilet paper to sponge off
himself, the sink (he used soap this time), the formica
counter, bits of puddle on the floor, all doused with
such reckless extravagance that he gets proud all over
again (she's saying something about coming here, now).
Erection just beginning to subside, he glides
like an ice skater into the bedroom, sheepish.
He had seen from the bathroom's light all
the angles and creases of her careworn face.
What bothered him was facing her breath.
At this hour, the wrinkles make it like death.
Please, God, one or the other, not both.
His stealth has won him nothing, as he kneels
He rests his elbows on the navy blue sheets.
There it is: the reek, combined with the ways
she tries to combat it: Crest, Listerine, floss.
He is still seeing the calendar girl's sleekness.
There is richness in having both, until he sees
that there is really only one he has, and wants.
He's getting hard again, and wants to take her, just for
the hell of it. But she moans about his errant ways, and
she even knows what he's done with the calendar that
remains doused near the bathroom sink, laid sideways.
He is someone who crawls, but he's being babied here.
She looks at him and sees so much to love, from distances.
But this right up close angle makes him ten pounds richer
with white and black and red and blue scum. She's a bitch,
she knows that but this man carries on (she can't believe
he's sitting here kneeling as if in a pew, will he just please
get in bed?) as if the world was pure shoots and ladders.
She splits her mind into before him and after, and now
realizes it's just her breath, so makes a slight shift back.
Still, he won't climb in, though he knows she wants it.
He intertwines his fingers behind his head, not having listened.
Since he doesn't drive, there has to be a set up for water breakage.
He thinks of waves breaking on beaches under tropical moons.
He wants to sip pina coladas, or just to dive in the Hudson.
That time when he was five, his Dad took him on a boat into
Lake Michigan, there was big blueness all around, he saw spirits.
He told his Dad and his Mom and his brother but no one believed
him. Plus, all those songs about water, waves, tides, thunderstorms;
what if he were to be washed up into a cyclone in the Hudson?
What if all this were just a dream, and his crying penis was neither
crying nor a penis but just some puppet from Sesame Street let
loose into his life to make mischief among big birds, elephants?
Not that he wasn't completely looking forward to all these
challenges; just that now that he's thwarted, he can't sleep.
I need a chauffer, please, to help me through this.
Every time I enter one of these trains, I see one of
these spic hustlers sticking a needle into my guts.
Look, it's the fat pregnant lady, everyone, far too
old to be doing this, but doing it anyway. Hours
of typing, hours and hours, just for these lawyers.
It's always briefs that sound more official than
me and my child. Husband is too strong a word.
Me and the girls go down to the Midtown Deli,
and in my head I say, I'll have a Heineken, please.
Oh, the slush and sleaze of it, Midtown in a buzz.
Ten years ago this was a playground, with slides.
Now I'm too concerned with my fermented insides.
Yes, I'll call for a limo tomorrow, with a wet bar.
Could I have finished the degree I started as a kid?
Clump of dorms, all these guys proving themselves;
I used to love to use the line about being their friend.
To watch snow fall from a heated dorm room, as your
roommate cowers beneath a pleated comforter while
you fool around with a newfangled theater ace: apogee.
The taste of him beneath me, exercise of perfected
strengths, lip muscles, special tender dips, tongue-arts:
then the sudden rush, the presto sense of having done
it again, his mouth open, glaze-eyed look, half-hidden
by this narrow space unlighted, transgression felt every
which way: I've never been happier or more free.
I was a swallower of all kinds of swords, including his.
Then, I'd kick them out, cause I still slept, dopey me.
I had nice thoughts about some of these guys. Joey, the
theater ace, wrote plays, and he babbled to me about
Ionesco, how what he wrote would be the next logical
step forward, into a kind of abyss, and that I could help
him achieve this, just in sucks. He'd read the monologues
sometimes to us in different rooms and there really were
gorgeous passages, and I made him promise to keep in
touch. For a few months he was working in the Lower
East Side and there was some interest. Now he works in
real estate, and says that money seems more permanent
than art. Hank was the resident guitar genius, of course
I not only blew him but slept with him, and he wrote me
country rock songs in the manner of the Eagles. His
studded belt now catches third graders, mortgage bills.
I need a limo to take me to the grocery store:
that would be especially glamorous. Groupie
in the back seat, long cascades of blonde hair
with ringlets at the front, midriff shirt, hands
pressed down my pants, mouth slighdy ajar
from booze and painkiller combos, so that I'd
be fiddled with in the few minutes before I'd
have to enter Shop-Rite for orange juice, pickles,
chicken tenders, spaghetti, red sauce, milk, all
because my real bitch, she of the fat ass, thunder
thighs, sudden whims, might have a midnight
hankering for Neapolitan, as I myself now have
more or less three streaks: shit brown, eyeball
white, strawberry red, so I still change stripes.
O, deadbeat me; snug as a bug in a rug, stoned.
I might eat this Neapolitan all myself, so soft, so
creamy, so like the life I deserve but do not have.
How be mad? She both has the kids (we're sure to
have a bunch, I've got this unbridled potency, she's
short enough we can do it standing up, maybe in the
bathroom at Manny's, as they roll out the Al Green
covers on karaoke night), works, am I a jerk to be
basking in the privileges of almost father hood?
At least I'm still — what's the word — continent, at
least I can wait to jerk off until she's not around.
We should have parties here with the Manny's girls.
It would liven up these awful wood-floored rooms.
It always feels like the first time with Manny's girls.
He picks up the shitty guitar, puts his hand where G chord
is supposed to be, begins to strum. He wants to sing Wonderful
Tonight to put him in a romantic mood for her return but
stumbles going from D to C. So he just thrashes away on G,
improvises words about ex-girlfriends and this one, who (let's
face it) might as well be. He changes tempo every few bars to
make things interesting, makes it to D, and voila, he's a rock
star once again. Backstage, he fends off the usual radio/record
company folk, tells his guitar tech where he wants his guitars
kept from now on, gets the road manager to round up his girls
for a private session in the cramped but impeccably catered
dressing room (pigs in blankets, cold cut spreads, apple fritters),
plays food games with the girls, but (oops!) this really is the guy
from the big magazine, time for an interview, see you later, girls.
She gets home to find him asleep, a tableaux: mouth
slightly ajar, glasses laid on the night table, still in his
Yankees cap, to hide the shaming baldness he found
repels the Manny's girls — they of the pinkish lips,
truly tight asses, who hang around Staten Island
as though Manhattan were a distant dream; lays of
Italian dudes in leisure suits in backs of dusty
Japanese cars. This, her sort-of husband, is the kind
of kid she never would've taken seriously when she
had her looks, when her black bangs melded with
her face's perfect oval to sear her image onto so many
groins she thinks she can still see the plaintive glances.
Ice cream, she thinks, she needs ice cream, dissolutions
in sugar and cream to give her the rightful death of this.
As she spoons the stuff into her mouth, wishing he tasted like this,
she remembers that musical she was in, in high school: Fiddler on the
Roof. It's that song Tevya sings that tweaks her: "If I were a Rich
Man." That's right, Tevya, you and the rest of the world. She thinks
to herself, Tevya at least got to be the star of the musical, I got
caught in the chorus. To think of having to get in those cut-cloth
get-ups to be in all these scenes, just to lurk in the fucking chorus: I
should 've quit when the cast list went up. "Cast list" intoxicates her
brain with possibilities, a sense that maybe there will be more cast
lists somehow in the future: she could start doing theater, maybe
finally break through with something creative. Moms sometimes
still do creative things. She builds him into the He-Man he isn't;
that he can and must be responsible, a mensch behind the wheel,
a stud in bed, safe as milk for the kids, even chucking their diapers.
There was the lunch reverie about college and then this dinner
reverie about high school: I feel like a crab, going backwards.
How can I move forward again? In the end, I know it's me and
the kid alone. It said in the paper today they have a new bill that
requires everyone to receive Health Insurance. Does that mean I
can kick his sorry ass out, and not worry that he'll wind up with
a needle in his arm in Tompkins Square Park? Am I beholden to
him forever for a few good shots? Here, she pauses to cry,
thinking of him prowling the East Village, as he was when she
picked him up for the first time. He was so innocent and so
charming, throwing in litde quotes from all these love sonnets his
girls wrote for him. She had convinced herself that stability
was latent in him. The baby-like white of his bare torso depressed
her, even if it heralded (she had decided) a noble, creative existence.
The thing about Manny's, he thinks, is that it's a tiny
bar with a tiny mentality but no one here quite realizes
it: the girls in halter-tops do their hair-flips, the Italian
guys insist on different key points about the Giants,
but the girls in halter-tops can't do anything in the
world but hook-up with these leisure suit guys. That,
of course, is where I come in, cause it's "fun night,"
so that she sips a Diet Coke, my eyes prowl around,
there's one with black hair and a solid faked tan as
if she's spent time in a kiln. He scoots over, leaving
his very pregnant mistress, and enjoys the sensation
of moving between discrete worlds, as though he's
a globe-trotting superstar, too big for entanglements
to limit his feeling of himself as a Zen arrow.
He wasn't expecting to feel a sense of degradation as
he sat down next to her, her baked skin exuding perfume.
It's the scent of another world, of sex that happens that
might as well be shopping: scent of malls, mall vanities.
It is arousing, he's aroused; her black hair flips in huge
danger waves towards his crotch. I'm intrepid, he thinks,
this is pioneering work, and since I can't write poems
anymore, it's all justified: she wants me to be creative
again, as if giving her a baby isn't enough. He sets down
his beer, subjects this girl to one of his long, caressing
stares, adjusts his Yankees cap to make his eyes visible.
She pouts and, miraculously, is not surrounded by a group
of raven-haired hair-flippers. "Can I buy you another
drink?" She half-nods, looks vaguely towards him, down.
She's doing a crosswords puzzle while he does this, which, he
knows, means he's being humored, a willful kid at an arcade,
who forces his Mommy to wait. He notices this girl's pink
sweatpants and zip-up sweatshirt with a hood, and decides
that football is a safe topic. She agrees, and the conversation
begins and does many strange somersaults as they both realize
what the situation is, that she can make an interception here.
He's got the hangman's erection yet, but there remains an
insurmountable problem; wifey's got the car keys. If there is
to be a hook-up, it has to happen here. Luckily, it's not that
cold and he has half a joint in his wallet. They take a hike into
fresh air to get stoned. Once out there, they look at the stars,
he thinks of arrows going through space, and then he is, for
real (for once) up against her, seriously, and likes the feeling.
Sandra, she says her name is, tipping her
blackened head onto his chest, wracked as
it is by coughs. He introduces himself as
Ronnie, who lives on the island with his
big sister. She happens to be pregnant and
is humoring him here at Manny's. Heads
leaned close, she tells him she's got a boy
friend, but they happen to be fighting, she's
out on her own (an errant lamb, in his mind).
Exquisite tensions force his hands to smooth
down her back, anchors sinking to plant
themselves someplace solid. Sandra doesn't
want to kneel, touch, kiss; just this little
grab in autumn's wasted chill is enough.
Ronnie is nearing the end of his rope. As he lays
in bed with Jess, he aches to hold Sandra ever so
much closer. Would conceiving another child (as
Jess's remains unborn) be against any laws? Jess,
of course, not only knows what Ronnie thinks
(she had snuck behind the dumpster to monitor
his progress, Diet Coke still in hand, as though
watching a particularly juicy brawl in which her
big male antagonist was getting throttled), she
knows there will be Sandra, then another, then
another, but until the man learns to earn his
own living he will come home to roost with
her. There: a vicious thought he deserves.
All she vetoes is an exchange with sperm.
Jess's ascension; she rises, both quick and dead, over this many times
(and many ways) bespattered bed, into a scene of youth; utopic suburbs,
bikes with bells, how trees looked in May with not much school left.
Succession of images; diasporas of life, miniaturized, in many directions.
She liked church, then; thrills of new words, "benediction," "annunciation,"
"absolution," and in her streams upwards she responds to a whim that
God is more preoccupied with minutiae than many think. God in candy
hearts, suck-rings, bags of midnight-snuck potato chips, and she hears
what God thinks of this (perverse humor of an imp?), hears herself hearing
(thirty years later) and passes swift, merciful judgment on all things
unborn, liminal, or born. Pregnant women, she has heard, are plugged into
the universe; a cascade of white/blue lights descends. Jess flies, over
putrid stagnant Hudson, absence of twin towers, corrugated Chrysler
building, and this is deep, permanent, blessed with air and fire scars.
Then appeared the angel: not delicate and feline, but raw, rough, determined.
She presents familiar scenes to Jess, demands answers. Jess is in a weatherless
place, sparked with stars. She starts thus: I know the lies that ride high and
roughshod over my existence. That I have looked at many surfaces while motives
remained hidden, and believed them; that I have willfully lied to create, maintain,
and retrospectively preserve appearances; that I have contrived to fix things not
meant to be fixed in eternal patterns; all this I know. But this is all held
within the confines of a dream; I will wake up unawares, carrying a circular
burden, determined to efface (without being conscious) these lessons. I want to
know how these things may be carried across; why I am subjected to the torment
of deep truth and abasement. Here, the scene changes; another panorama; Jess
tosses within a sense of flailing over Fifth Ave., vacated and loosed from concrete
forms. Now she is wrapped, uncomfortably swaddled; now she jerks up in bed to
hear Ronnie's snores, comfortably folded back into short wheezes. What's next?
When I woke the next morning, something had changed. I looked at Ronnie,
as he dragged his sorry ass out of bed; sunken-in chest, bald head, baseball
cap worn (out of vanity) even to breakfast, slumped shoulders that express
raw needs, cast out onto me like damp nets; and I realized I could see a
path of purity, running out like a lane at a tangent to this. The problem is
the mercy I cast out onto others. I'm a fish, born St. Patrick's Day; my
parts flake off. I've always encouraged others to pick flakes off of my
body. I'm middle-aged; my spirit isn't robust. So I have a fish-maze to
work through, that I might expunge this minutely voracious predator,
and bear a child, to/ for myself. The cost, for Ronnie, is not less than
everything: he will be sent spinning like a plastic top in search of a sick-
bed. He will again be at the mercy of parents who force black veils over
his mouth, crotch. It will have been me to spin the threads of the veil.
Meanwhile, the eggs are fried, the bacon ready, orange juice, coffee.
Here's how Jess does penance: she doesn't just kick him out on his ass (in her mind),
she throws his belongings into the Hudson, and him along with them. She's moving,
she thinks, not only towards parturition but towards departure (from this, from him,
into a sacred two-person space, mother and child). But look: he's there on the couch,
watching the late cartoons, rolling another bomber she (inadvertently) purchased.
She digs down deep for a spine, and there's something there (is there something there?)
No more flights backwards: the situation has achieved maximum density. "Hey look, all
the little guys in this are fluorescent," he says. "Isn't it a little early to be lighting up?"
He clears his throat, ignores her question; laughs at cartoon antics. Outside, a car screeches
to a halt. There is some kind of argument, neither is interested enough to look. Twin
diffidence relaxes into obliviousness. But Jess has felt an inkling of something, holds
onto it. You can't take a vision away from a dreamer, she thinks, but there are (she
knows) options still available to her. The first is to cut off his allowance, so that
the first tang of Hudson might sully his lips. She begins to prepare a speech.
Ladies and gentlemen, you are here today to witness the reverse of a benediction. This boy,
this man-child at best, has willingly fertilized my body. If I curse him, it is with the caveat
enjoined that my will has been (and remains) compromised. But the curse must be planted,
a bad seed with good consequences, and it is three-fold: against his body, a scrawny, pale,
hairless contrivance, which festers in every conceivable vice, funded (in my frailty) by me;
his soul, lost in dreams of easy fame, self-expressed in facile, mediocre verse; and his mind,
balanced like slow-to-melt snow on brittle branches, worn down by too many dry seasons.
I hailed this convocation of angels because I am building, building. The crescendo must be
this man's expulsion, orchestrated to resolve in a minor key for him, major key for me. At
this, Jess's head snaps up, and she realizes she's been dreaming. Yet the dreams are closing
in. Ronnie's asleep too; its five o'clock in the afternoon. The newscaster says, "in other news
today, temperatures are down all over Manhattan. The weather is coming up next when we
return to News at Five." For once, Jess sneaks a bit off of Ronnie's spliff. Nothing left to do
but work. And it's a long sleepless slog to the next rest stop along the winding way.
She just did it. I woke up and she said, "Look outside the apartment door. You got
a package." It was all my belongings — a trunk and two big leather bags. "The guitar's
mine," she said, though I begged. So here I am on a bus to take a plane, to take a
car, back to cheese-land. I can't even get high; I have to work to stay awake. I
know that when I look back on this, I'll say "All those Staten Island nights. That's
when I had it made the most. I had it all." What am I supposed to say? I can't
face a life of work, I have a hobo's soul, I'm meant to drift through aimless days.
He boards a flight to Chicago, his Mom will be there at Midway to meet him. She'll
be in clod-hoppers, glasses, inquiring after his health, unaware that a grandchild is on the
way. That's me, she thinks, always oblivious because I need to be. Ronnie sleeps on the
plane, having snuck a valium in his sneaker. Somehow (he wasn't expecting) it missed
detection. Somehow he also managed to miss detection. He'll have a kid, his cheese-land
friends won't know. Between children and poems, he will leave a legacy to the world.
Thoughts he leans on amid the lightoing-storm turbulence, unsteady as random shots.
The gossip goes round: Jess kicked her house-boy out. He's back to the farm. Who will wait
for Jess's water to break? Who assembles the crib? The office and the old crowd are abuzz,
as Jess knows. So what? She has two or three friends in her back pocket that have lasted,
will last. She's too old to fly blind, even if she's forced to hover near the ground (as she is).
You should've seen us at Manny's, she tells them. All the baked-skin beauties went for my
little man-child. Yet there is an edge of regret in her voice, for what age does to a human
heart. Degradations never end — she has never weighed more, and the spies (she thinks)
on the train (God help her if her water breaks) laugh at her jerky movements, appalled
lurches. But I've got my back up, she thinks, because I passed this test: to get rid of the
pest (who is, her friends note with half-smiles, the father of her child). Oddly, Jess often
feels like a litde girl; her mind bounces around, just like the child within her (who could
be either: no ultrasound). She sees the future through her child's eyes. There are joys,
panics, outbursts, setbacks, but all impelled by a clear sense of forward motion.
The chorus of her song falls a full step back, and juts a step up again.
It's a girl. Jess names her Marissa; she is given Jess's last name. Her friends get her to and
from the hospital. When she returns with Marissa, the apartment (a studio with a bedroom
for the child) is stripped of all Ronnie's traces — calendars, pictures of bands, shots of stars.
Jess accepts the fate of a single mother — every night sleepless, every day harried. At least
the office allows a substantial maternity leave. Sometimes, as the child naps, Jess watches
the sun set over unlovely Staten Island and finds it beautiful as Paris. It isn't just that beauty
is in the eye of the beholder, she thinks; it's something buried that can be dug up. One thing
Jess likes to dig up are her old journals, especially the teenage ones. She always comes back
to the same entry: the day she lost her virginity. April 7, 1987: O my God, I did it! That's it,
that's the whole entry. She feels the same way right now. Memories drift back: she was big
into Peter Gabriel in those days; she was playing in the chorus of "Pajama Game"; the boy
that did the deed was (of course) one of the leads. It all happened because he got stuck
needing a ride after rehearsal. She was the driver, as she is now. Virginity is a state of mind.
Jess feels twenty-three years of filth have been effaced.
Post-script: visions of Staten Island through a child's eyes. Row after row of duplexes;
apartment complexes (different color bricks, red, white, brown), places for food, clothes,
everything she needs. There is only one deep fulcrum of activity: Mommy. She, also
a kind of brick with changes, revealing different things: moments of calm, of strife, of
bursts into silliness, a wheel spinning. When Jess pushes the carriage around (a mall, say),
the brown, baked girls thank their lucky stars they don't have kids. Yet, they suppress
jealousy: something there so rested, composed, steady. Down at Manny's, Ronnie's flame
works on new guys. Ronnie reclines on a Wisconsin farm, where he works, unaware that
Marissa, when she plays, soon finds out what a "Daddy" is. On the nights when Jess can
sleep, she sees wide vistas, open spaces, but with a sense that the angels hold her back.
There is work unfinished; somewhere on the horizon, something looms. Awake, she knows
as Marissa grows, as her body changes, aches will come that cannot be assuaged. All the
questions she has found answers to will be asked again; all the old contrivances will be
explored, from new angles. Marissa's blue eyes stick; auburn hair. What sticks is mystery.
Mipoesias/Miporadio — #s 2/ 3
Pirene's Fountain — #12
Turntable/Bluelight— #s 24/26