In this time it is impossible not to love
at least one monster. Venom laces the air,
you are in a house with
the feeling of every light in every room
turned on and so to turn them off
is to discover again and again
what makes a house. In this land
where the couches wax voluptuous, it takes
but a broken cup to make celebration lisp
into curse. I know no more the shards
tearing through the soft convoy vehicle
outside a city that seems eaten
than I know what is in the bag
the woman stares endlessly into on the bench
as the wind picks up the sharp dust.
Still. I have these eyes, this laboratory
for a head—.
…………………We are led to believe always
that each house there breaks apart
and the rooms scatter horribly.
The rooms are dark and they are close
and they are cold. You must be careful
trying to walk into them. The way
they have been torn from trying
to hold on to each other
can carve from you in garish ways
what you need to walk out of them.
It is difficult to bring someone breakfast
in bed under these conditions—
almost nothing lives. Mercy,
one cries out in the night,
Marc McKee received his MFA from the University of Houston and is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Missouri at Columbia, where he lives with his wife, Camellia Cosgray. Recent work appears in or is forthcoming from various journals, such as absent, Anti-, Barrelhouse, Boston Review, Cimarron Review, Conduit, Handsome, The Journal, Subtropics and Tusculum Review. His chapbook, What Apocalypse?, won the 2008 NMP/DIAGRAM Chapbook Contest, and is out from New Michigan Press.