May/June 2020 • Vol. XLII No. 3 May 1, 2020 |

Testimonial

Read a micro-conversation with the author here. It’s difficult to care, much, for so much death. Look, my whole side aches, more than all the days I have should engender. But, here I am in this fried air and the melody is Beyoncé and in an hour it will be time to go do this job that nobody cares for. Not the manatee whose flesh was razored open by a cheap boat’s propeller. What ruin! It’s amazing the sea exists at all. That in it are any radiant fish. I want to apologize to them but what a stupid thing. The other night in the news were images of birds dying in a sick heap. Dead in feathered circles atop black, wet sand and island rock, and watching the footage I thought how the filmmakers obey a Prime Directive, of sorts. Saving nothing. Never interfering. No injections that glow and gloss. I was this morning singing an old song from a past life in which I was alarming and vast and my politics were just depressing, and since then, since the raw dawn and its sad hymn, I’m w

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Paul Guest is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Because Everything Is Terrible, and a memoir, One More Theory About Happiness. His writing has appeared in POETRY, Paris Review, Tin House, Slate, New England Review, Southern Review, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and numerous other publications. A Guggenheim Fellow and Whiting Award winner, he lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Read a micro-conversation with the author here. It’s difficult to care, much, for so much death. Look, my whole side aches, more than all the days I have should engender. […]

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