‘One of the first things a child learns is the sentiment: My country is… And so begins the homeland briefing that lasts from the cradle to the grave.’
‘‘We’ll print your book if you bring us 140 kilos of paper,’ says my friend, a publisher. ‘Where can I find 140 kilos of paper?’ ‘I don’t know. That’s your problem, you’re the writer.’’
‘This felt like the moment New York disappeared for me.’
‘The red girls’ school stood opposite a grey boys’ school, built five years after it as if to proclaim the rational symmetry of the world.’
‘It seems clear to me that during the past ten years, Russia has reached the apex of its estrangement from Europe.’ Translated from the Russian by Polly Gannon.
‘Death is here, by our side, and we can make no witty Nabokovian jokes about it.’
‘She draws from her mind the image of a giant steel girder, pictures it smashing through the wall of the bar, obliterating everything, legs and arms reaching and waving.’
‘We are nearing the conclusion of this anatomy. / We are strung between the point of ending, and / the point of having started.’
The only thing scarier than ghosts are the ghosts working at a call center.
‘Only they don’t know / that this silence is what they yearn for.’ A new poem by Jack Underwood.
‘I’m going to give them a linear sense of time, just one direction, all the way!’ A new poem by Jack Underwood.
She had already imagined it all, so much so that when she finally did see him, she felt unable to speak.
‘At the desk they said they encouraged guests not to walk, but she was determined’
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