Winter 2010 • Vol. XXXII No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 2010 |

Engagement

And so, I didn't know what their problem was; it's not like he wasn't going to find out how we lived or didn't already have a pretty damned good idea, having spent some time within the semipermeable membrane of our living room walls. It's not like we had a forcefield generator like those Lost in Space Robinsons, where they could turn a switch and that brilliant metallic gun would hum and keep a giant Cyclops and half-dog mutant men at bay with an assist from a robot dangling its electrified accordion arms in the air, shouting "Danger! Danger!" when space vermin would appear at the edge of the property they squatted on. It's not like---after they were married, she would just never let him into our house and walk away from us entirely. Or maybe she hadn't thought that far ahead, only ideas of escape filling her nights in the house's single bedroom equipped with a curtained door. It's not like these years later we have so little to say because she awakened when I did, or be

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Eric Gansworth, S˚ha-weñ na-saeɂ (Onondaga), writer and visual artist, was raised at the Tuscarora Nation. He is a professor and Lowery Writer-in-Residence at Canisius College. In 2016, he was NEH Distinguished Visiting Professor at Colgate University and was one of fifteen writers chosen for LIT CITY, a public arts project celebrating Buffalo’s literary legacy. His books include If I Ever Get Out of Here (YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults), Extra Indians (American Book Award), Mending Skins (PEN Oakland Award), and A Half-Life of Cardio-Pulmonary Function (NBCC Good Reads List). His most recent book is Give Me Some Truth.

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