Come with me if you want to live, the great-chested Schwarzenegger commands in Terminator II. Iâve never seen it, I confess, clicking to another station. No, too busy rereading The Iliad, Morgan says. At the Met, Leonardoâs drawings: faces where things erupt, the ï¬esh deformed in bubbling lumps; a man on whose chin a growth extrudes toward his nose like a mangled penis. His deep chest made my brother-in-law a better transplant prospect, a friend tells me at a cocktail party. I wonder if the forced coughing for over an hour four times a day concerns our neighbors in adjacent rooms. From behind the dressing room door, his voice on the cell to his girlfriend, who thinks heâs at his parentsâ. Blackoutâthatâs how heâd like to die, he says, a burst vessel in the brain. A body ï¬ayed reveals the cord-work of the muscles, a visitorâs face pressed close to the glass in the roomâs dim light (to preserve the drawings). Our life contained in rooms. The walls like teeth around the sound of a word. The eyes of the corpseâs face are open, as if he remembers something that happened to him. In the New York Times,
Prairie Schooner – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Aug 9, 2017
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