Ap­ples

The Iowa Review - - FRONT PAGE - Soren stock­man

Fail­ure is the temp­ta­tion of the strong, the bones of the weak, and ev­ery­thing to ev­ery­one in be­tween. The clamor as we en­ter into si­lence. Fail­ure must be per­fect, per­fec­tion the sal­va­tion of­fered un­der the beaten ta­ble. When I fail, I fail as the per­fect in­car­na­tion of my­self. It is the trust I have con­structed, like a sum­mer home for the poor. The ap­ples for free in the or­chard, the wealthy or­der­ing them from across the coun­try. Two ways to ap­proach fail­ure, from ei­ther side. The solemn re­treat into it, and the ag­gres­sive ad­vance.

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