BOMBlog’s Word Choice features original works of poetry, fiction, and art. This edition of Word Choice, selected by Peter Moysaenko, features poetry by Claire Donato and art by Carl Ferrero.
Extracted from Donato’s severe cycle of poems penned alongside a series of paintings by Carl Ferrero—both inspired by the work of Stanislaw Lem—these pieces read like carefully compressed bulletins from the shores of a destroyed orbital. Hard and ephemeral, alien and driving inward, they ply the dread of self as other, jockeying a yet unseen debacle, intoning the ineffable.
In the Wake of Freezing You to Death
Last summer was cold.
Worse: It did not stop.
Finally, another thought
Arrives in the shape
Of a thought
That plays out in the head.
She thinks, ‘I am in trouble again.’
Leave but never go.