Chew­ing dirt

The Iowa Review - - RUSTY MORRISON -

can’t find any way to start but why should it mat­ter since be­gin­nings don’t re­ally count you can’t add them up they’re just go­ing to fight each other for as­cen­dancy while the girl

hid­ing in your bath­room keeps vom­it­ing & the men in your garage ar­gue about pay­checks & the Lati­nate cho­rus-like hum of chan­nel- surf­ing never ex­plains to

you the hud­dled breath­ing shape you didn’t un­der­stand in Bo­laño though now you can’t for­get it & want to cup it in your hands to help or salve or tell its story with

your own pen & ink as if sto­ries you write ever find end­ings only more wrin­kles on what you call your hands did you ever re­ally have hands or just two arms that end in

vi­o­lence equipped with an ac­ces­si­ble invit­ing style

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