Summer 1991 • Vol. XIII No. 3 FictionJuly 1, 1991 |

from Part of His Story

The postcards picked up at a stall near Westminster Bridge lie scattered on the desk, bright bits of blue, red, and black color glazed over by lamplight into partial invisibility. Floating on the obscuring glow, I can see my own thumbprint imposed on the card nearest (a view of Saint Paul's), as though I am being booked for some crime, defacement of public monuments, possibly. Turning the card over and scribbling a blithe message signed "Avery" or "Avery Walsh" will simply renew the transgression in different terms: Dear missed friend—Here is London, I mean, my blunt impression of it. Blunt, yes, but not concealing the need to keep in touch. Repeat the gesture is what I do, a dozen times over, unfazed that the messages are nearly all alike, always presenting a plausible, lightly satirized self-portrait against this new backdrop. I really don't want to come off as beaten down with sorrow, no matter what the facts of the case are. Most of the addressees will reply, let's hope. Ev

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Alfred Corn's most recent book of poems is Contradictions. This October, University of Michigan Press will publish Atlas: Selected Essays, 1989-2007.

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