By Michael Heffernan
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He wouldn’t stop, no matter what I did. Finally I thought I would pass out. My head hurt and my neck was about to break. I heard his voice. He said he liked the way I looked without a head. And then he laughed. He kept on laughing. I could feel him stretch and then he burst, but there was nothing warm, no sweet juice ﬁlling me over the brim, just the cold air and Jack a long way off, receding into nowhere, and me halfway onto the ﬂoor, swallowed up in the dark. I noticed the sharp smell of carpet cleaner.
You have to try to gargle between the a’s or cough the l around and past the r, being careful not to spit up something foul while trying to caress a certain place with the tip of the tongue. I’m happy to do that and say nothing about it—to keep my peace and let the white bird light between two branches, 24 while the one with brown wings circles out of sight above the ﬁeld next to the river where I sit helping you free your blouse from your elbows. 25 Africa I looked out toward the pasture at the cows making their way from unknown hinterlands to ﬁnd themselves a dark patch under trees and look out toward the places they came from.
Everyone turned aside and started moaning. All of the tables were one choral moan, except for ours. Later in bed she said, “What did you make of that? ” 46 I took in my own countenance watching me. For a brisk moment I began to moan. I had not found a thing to say, I said. I missed the look of ridicule in her eyes. 47 Homage In Andy Warhol’s silkscreen rendering of Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Annunciation, the Virgin has her ﬁngers on a book opened to two front pages the Angel’s right index and middle ﬁngers seem to bless.
At the Bureau of Divine Music by Michael Heffernan