Spring 2002 • Vol. XXIV No. 2 Poetry |

Beside Himself

A boy clompclomping like Frankenstein's monster, trying out some new boots, goofing at the shoe store when—bam!—one of those tilted floor-level mirrors freezes him. It seems a sheer vertiginous tunnel to a region of light. (He's a little off, this boy.) He also breathes funny when he sees a puddle reflecting the sky at his feet; he startles back a step, as from the edge of a cliff. And he's been known to stand by the bottommost basement stair, eyes closed, so he can feel air stirring against his face, wafting upward. What happened to the kid? Why is he so prone to trances? Too much TV? Overbearing parents? (Now we're getting somewhere.) Did Rumplestiltskin play incubus to Mom? In the famous story the little man rips himself in two, enraged, when the queen says his secret name. And this aesthete child is much the same: so vehemently peculiar he has to be two people. One puts on Porky Pig slippers and watches cartoons, all comfy; the other can't wait to be disoriented by shoe

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