Deus Ex Machina

The Iowa Review - - NEWS - Corey van land­ing­ham

Drama’s most re­al­is­tic here—we make it up as we go. I love you I loved you I love Love, though he has wings. And, as Shelley taught us, like light can flee.

So we ban­ish sun­set from the script. The cou­ple never went to bed still cross. They kept on sit­ting at the ta­ble, wait­ing for­ever for the moon.

Any man can be­come hooked by a stage­hand’s ar­ti­fi­cial wings. Failed plot point. Exit forced. Like a fin­ger they lift the ma­chine.

The vatic feel­ers shut off for love. Our hero, in­so­far as he is hu­man, could not tran­scend the im­pa­tient fi­nal scene.

He im­pro­vises as de­sire does—turns blind to the de­noue­ment.

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