Cracking into the coal seam, a brilliant
yellow light may emerge. This is a
canary’s ghost, known as fool’s
gold. Allow it to flutter about. If it
helps, think of it as scared. Think of
existence in coal’s low porosity. Close
your eyes; the canary will burn with
building intensity until extinguished.
Resist the urge to strip, as the
temperature will return suddenly.
When the shrill whining begins, you
will need to plug your ears or nose.
Choose one, you can’t secure them
When I was 15 or so, I went to Rome and bought an oversized lollipop with a picture of John Paul II inserted into the front of the packaging. A lollipope. I spent the flight back to Boston holding it in front of my face and working on a pope routine that I'm still pretty happy with: “Does the pope wear a funny hat? No, it seems pretty reasonable to me." "How many popes does it take to screw in a light bulb? I can do that myself, but somebody else usually takes care of it.
Francesco Grisanzio is the author of the chapbook Stories & Centauries (Strange Machine Books, 2013). His work has also recently appeared or is forthcoming in Phantom Limb, Jellyfish, Handsome, and a Greying Ghost pamphlet. With Kevin Walter, he co-edits BORT Quarterly.