In slumber
fever, dream, sleep, hide or hibernate
I’ll just burrow away
in the earth
head is down but my ears hear the sounds
as animals sing their songs of summer

This winter
books stacked up like ladders out to planets
that avalanche and shake
where I am
skies may fall but I’ll stand unaware
with my blank sickly stare
for your words
granting all that unwavering power
it lasts but an hour
it’s been weeks now
my once healthy resolution is fading
this season will claim me

So shiver now
my breath appears just to remember
I carry covers everywhere I go
my hands are out all cracked and blue
becoming a ghost of my summer self
these books are a pyre and piling higher
I sit, I think, and I sink toward the bottom

It’s outlined
punctuation is making making me numb
grab a coffee when I’m up
so boredom
frozen on my face can dissipate when it’s shielded with fingers
stiff to the bone
from the constant barrage of motion and the keying of clauses
while Elliott
repeats all of his albums for hours
as daylight just wastes away


from The Science of Fiction, released October 11, 2011



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We are a band named Fiction. We write novel-centric concept albums and make them available for free. Our first album was inspired by Lev Grossman’s The Magicians. Our sophomore effort focuses on Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace. The new record is called (At Least) Three Cheers for Cause and Effect and will be released 7/29/14. ... more

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