What Direction Now? Life at the intersection…

NaBloPoMo22 – We Finally Arrived at the Truth of the Matter…

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Inspired by my favorite second-years reminding me that they are after all only second-years, and sometimes that means they don’t do what they are supposed to do when they are supposed to do it…

This led to a bit of a broken spirit—and an accompanying inability to speak coherently at the head of the classroom—on my part…

And thus an unexpected early landing in Forrest Gump-territory…

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Infinite eights last late into the evening even as the strong smoke blasts call an end to clean lungs, pending praise sung to the front porch stove that may have been a jasmine talisman if bathing in the right fire, mired in the perfect chance to fail and tuck the black cat’s tail while carrying the empty pail across the street, and all despite the baba’s broken protest, go!, lest the mistletoe sucks you dry as well and you’re seeing only green all white winter long, hold on, that don’t sound half bad…at least not at first, not til it hurts to realize that the real lie finds purchase in the picture of love as parasite, kiss kiss kiss while it hangs above, and ignore the pangs and sores of tongues let loose to use the air of lungs to only seem to sing, or worse bring more shame to even the most unseemly mouth, so buckle it down and head south mutely to suckle absolutely on the dead tobacco crop, pack up what you can and drop the butt back through the pan handle, tell me what rhymes with that except candle, and I’ll sell all the time I have left here in exchange for a bell with unlimited range, ringing til I sit here stranded but somehow strangely sound.
You can get anything you want from Alice’s Restaurant…excepting Alice…
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What Direction Now? Life at the intersection…

About Andrew.

Andrew Cartwright grew up in Indianapolis, IN, but has lived over the years in such places as Denver, CO; Fairfax, VA; and Rivne, Ukraine. He is a former nonfiction editor for both Indiana Review and phoebe; he has also worked for the intersectional feminist journal, So To Speak, and the national literary magazine, Electric Literature. His work has appeared in The Normal School Online, Copper Nickel, Esquire Ukraine, Literary Hub, and Word Riot.

For more information about me and links to other writing, visit my author page at cartwriter.com

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