Featured in Colorado Review
Published Summer 2014
Now I recognize everyone I have ever seen. For instance, on the walk over here I heard two men discussing how hot one of them was one night—the one man thought the other was very hot but the hot-that-night man didn’t think he was at his hottest. I saw one man walking while holding a guitar & singing out of tune. I saw one man with long pantlegs. I saw sky behind the men & stars behind the sky & if I were to close my eyes there’d be nothing in front of me, a chasm awaiting my foot, & I’d fall into the eternal ball-pit of the Chuck E. Cheese & all the workers there on fire, neverdying. Medicine works in a way that: for me, like love, it is faith. And when I think of my lover there is fire & when I put my hand over him I burn.
Mathias Svalina is the author of three books. Big Lucks Press will release his book Wastoid in fall of 2014. He is an editor for Octopus Books.
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