Unusual sounds in the air tonight—a mix of screams and animal laughter, as if everything we ever thought was chasing us has finally tracked us down. Like bits of broken glass stuck in warm asphalt after a terrible collision, the stars stud the sky. I understand that we are indistinguishable from any other paired and desperate creatures. I realize that we are flummoxed by our need to sear each other’s wounds, that we can never stop the accident of every night from happening. But here they are, the monsters we thought we’d always keep at bay, surrounding the house, crashing through windows and doors, chanting our names, determined to give us what we want.
Christopher Kennedy is the author of Ennui Prophet (BOA Editions, Ltd.), Encouragement for a Man Falling to His Death (BOA Editions, Ltd.), which received the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award in 2007, Trouble with the Machine (Low Fidelity Press), and Nietzsche’s Horse (Mitki/Mitki Press). His work has appeared in many print and on-line journals and magazines, including New York Tyrant, Ninth Letter, Wigleaf, The Threepenny Review, Mississippi Review, Ploughshares, and McSweeney’s.