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

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

Read More

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.