BOMBlog’s Word Choice features original works of poetry, fiction, and art. This edition of Word Choice, selected by Peter Moysaenko, features fiction and art by Matt Runkle.
Matt Runkle’s short fictions, though not quite absurdist, tangle chains of causation and breeze through blind doors of perception. Their embellishments limn surreptitious lessons. Their fantasias beget the fantast.
There might have been an invisible sort of drug inside my bag. The hound was trying to chew right through it, but it was hard-shell, and I imagined the drug, heavy-lidded, pulling its head inside like a tortoise.
TSA, whose necks were strong and swanlike, seemed to have some questions for me. L——? they said through bee-stung lips. Are you L——?, which in my mind was French for she. I was quite the globe-trotter then, and the fact that I was using Le Lièvre’s passport had slipped my mind.