Reception

 

‘No market left

emerging.’

 

Capital’s interior monologue

lines the jet way

at Kennedy

 

*

 

By adjusting their orbits slightly,

electrons can reach out

 

and conjure

 

the tug

of more than one

 

nucleus.

 

*

 

One man plays

 

‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’

and ‘Hernando’s Hideaway’

 

on an accordion

in Spain.

 

*

 

On a silent

American Airlines screen

 

somewhere over the Atlantic

a woman cartwheels

 

towards Marriott

reception

 

above the words,

‘Stay amazing!’

 

 

Openings

 

1

 

Because children suspect that objects conceal their powers and intentions,

animators make an alarm clock run, screaming, in circles.

 

2

 

Because as I lie facing the wall the bones of my eye socket hurt, I see myself

as an ancient skeleton recently unearthed. Then I appear in a re-enactment

of the moments before my death, a clear eyed young woman peering

from the mouth of a cave

into what I take to be

an open future.

 

Photograph © Riley Elias

 

Five Things Right Now: Diane Cook
The Conveyor Belt