Whitney Kerutis
from Song of Discordia

There is a script I am writing, rewriting, reciting

in order to get away from myself.

 

As if just there in your upturned palms, a new pastoral

appears as a throat making negative sound open.

 

It’s never not been night.

My hands never not stretched before me, praying

 

to land on something immediately

recognized

 

Dear Alcestis,

 

You dressed yourself for your burial. I too have no cure for disaster. When he is taking me, someone takes me to a cave’s echo of what is to emerge from the darkness— which is to say, he takes me without any cleansing bowl, any sound of the beating of women’s hands. He passes me a note in the office cubicle that proposes we get a quickie in before the meeting. I pretend I can’t read his hand writing. When they brought you back from the dead, you weren’t addressable for three days. What am I but careful in the mornings not to touch any surface for a long while.

 

*“I too have no cure for disaster.” and “without any cleansing bowl, any sound of the beating of women’s hands.”: Variation of lines taken from Euripides, Alcestis

Dear Alcestis,

Being and not being are thought to be different things. In the apartment, I speak aloud the items I pull from the medicine cabinet so that my neighbors on the other side of the wall won’t worry I am dead. A woman gets sick on the bathroom floor at work and I think this is progress. It is and isn’t presence; It causes me the same sorrow. It is and isn’t the grieving O’ or finger re-aimed at when things became so laughably predestined.

*“Being and not being are thought to be different things.”: Euripides, Alcestis