Note from the Editors

 

   SEEING RED 

    ENDU(RED) ADMI(RED)
    DESI(RED) WONDE(RED)
    RUMO(RED) ADO(RED)
    ENAMO(RED) INSPI(RED)
    DISCOVE(RED) SAC(RED)
    HUNGE(RED) WONDE(RED)
    EXPLO(RED) FEATU(RED)
    AUTHO(RED) SEA(RED)
    DA(RED) UNCENSO(RED)
    SOA(RED) ADVENTU(RED)

 

 

    


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Minnesota Multiple Personality Indicator, et al.


Just to be sure you lie compulsively,
answer: True False, I never lie.
For the sake of the alcoholic, the drug user,
hidden children in us all,
fill in the corresponding oval: True False,
I have some habits that are damaging.

So that there won’t be any doubt as to
what we’re up against, please answer
what it means to hear your father in the night
kitchen scrape open the bread crisper
and sandy the floor with crumbs.

A) Did he guide his walk with hall light,
living room lamp, and there in the kitchen leave
the icebox door gaping wide? or,
B) Did he close the gap between bed and
bread by instinct alone? If you chose B.,
is it because some things you just know,
like hunger, sleeplessness, and where
to find crackers?

Be still and let us throw a noose
around you. And while you wait,
shade in the bubble grid to show
the landscape in your head     
no wider than a moth’s wingspan,
or a small leaf left on the bottom stair,
on which it seems there’s nothing there at all. 

For, dear girl, you have done this before,
channeled past ottoman and chair,
straight through the kitchen and outside
into the cricket- humming wash,
where you do not entirely dissolve
like a sugar into water, but – it’s true –
a new distance opens up, laps you.

Jennifer Key teaches at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where she serves as editor of Pembroke Magazine. She’s been a Diane Middlebrook Fellow at the University of Wisconsin and a Henry Hoyns Fellow at the University of Virginia. Her work has appeared in Callaloo, The Southwest Review, The Antioch Review, The Carolina Quarterly, The Hopkins Review, and other journals.

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