In the Meantime
Sarah Carson


These are some things that I remember: a) He opened the van windows to smoke and the whole cab rattled in a way the radio could not begin to challenge. b) When he exhaled, he folded two thirds of his lips to the right, and this was terrifying. c) He said his legs were tree trunks. d) His feet were so far from his ankles he could barely control them. e) His eyes were clearly tired of being a part of his face.

Part B

Here are two things that I've forgotten: 1) what I used to call myself 2) why some bullets jam in the chamber while others get free.


You are kind of like a text message when you are angry. You light up a dark car. You make your date nervous. You eliminate the need for an answering machine.

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