Summer 1990 • Vol. XII No. 3 FictionJuly 1, 1990 |

Small Talk

for Mike Nicholson COFFEE The oldest possible moon (left hand cups the waning),transparent sphere about empty, the experiment done, in a dawn-blue so close, walking,I keep checking my eyesight against a huge pine rising next to those apartments. Resolution clear. Coffee at the Waffle House. Suzie runs me off by calling in company, "Sir, would you like to join this fellow in the corner?" They're too busy for me to take up a booth with my vision-notes. I'm just leaving. On the way home on the topmost strut of the pine is a crow, in the first actual seen sun, an important spot. awe-awe     awe A messy, whacking, lift-off, then a smooth-measured exit in a curving diagonal over my intention, and below the gorgeous exhaustion. My friend Mike Nicholson is dying of an odd bone marrow cancer and kidney thing. Just my age. As I pass his house, there's one lamp on in the kitchen, figures moving. He and Tannamaking coffee. A bubbling moon one morning, the next

Already have an account? Login

Join KR for even more to read.

Register for a free account to read five free pieces a month from our current issue and digital archive.
Register for Free and Read This Piece



Or become a subscriber today and get complete, immediate access to our digital archives at every subscription level.

Read More

Steps Out

By Abby Frucht

for Mike Nicholson COFFEE The oldest possible moon (left hand cups the waning),transparent sphere about empty, the experiment done, in a dawn-blue so close, walking,I keep checking my eyesight against […]

The Gift

By Sharon Sheehe Stark

for Mike Nicholson COFFEE The oldest possible moon (left hand cups the waning),transparent sphere about empty, the experiment done, in a dawn-blue so close, walking,I keep checking my eyesight against […]

Subscribe

Your free registration with Kenyon review incudes access to exclusive content, early access to program registration, and more.

Donate

With your support, we’ll continue 
to cultivate talent and publish extraordinary literature from diverse voices around the world.