Category: essays

  • A Paris, of an Appalachia (or How to Go to Hell)

    A Paris, of an Appalachia (or How to Go to Hell)

    On a hypnotherapist’s couch in Pittsburgh: Close your eyes. Maybe a jade owl asked already, but intone it again: “Where are you from?” Never mind the grammarian’s lure, and move the question into the next register: “D’où viens-tu ?” The owl dings in assent. You’ve done it! You’ve asked Paris from Pittsburgh. It’s a promenade…

  • The Green Punctum

    The Green Punctum

    A distorted square luminesces, glides toward me three feet in the air. It contains the vague and rebellious image of a being. “I found a Dani,” Jason says, showing me a blurry iPhone photo of a plant. Beneath the photo is a caption, provided by a plant recognition app: “Guayacan (Guaiacum coulteri)” I am an…

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