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Short stories of interest
Spring 2013 Span
flutterby
Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Something happened to my super-speed. The flash of quickness I once relied on to propel me past any other living kid left me and I began to limp from an ache localized at the top of my left leg. This progressed into a sharp and steep pain, preventing me from walking, from hobbling, until finally I simply hopped everywhere on my right foot.

Diagram for Circle of Lights, 2012
Friday, April 5th, 2013

Sean Caulfield is an Edmonton artist whose work explores the impact of technology on the environment and our bodies. He is interested in creating visual images that blur boundaries between the biological and the technological, the organic and the mechanical, and which challenge viewers to consider the implications of this merging. Caulfield is a Centennial Professor in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Alberta. He has exhibited his prints, drawings, and artist’s books extensively throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, and Japan.

Friday, April 5th, 2013
For so long sleeping
under glass. Ceiling tiles

sagged in stale
breath. Every now and then

a gasp. The fan slicing out
a stutter.

You can hide a bottle
anywhere, you brag to me.

I feed you a mirage, a shattered
swig. Ice chips, one by one, trickling

your lip. You hold onto your shards
in a Styrofoam cup. Melt them

into a shot. You can’t take back    
the bottles, when they fall,

they fall from so high, for so long
rain stands in the sky
Friday, April 5th, 2013

She can’t tell her bus pass from a bird
so knows the pills have found their way to the microphone
in her brain and she’ll have to walk. The mating ritual
of the clouds is pornographic and she blushes
wondering why it’s even allowed. A part of her had sat down
many years ago and refused to get up. This is who she feeds
these pills to in the hopes that she’ll be trusted and then perhaps
liked. Her therapist has not weathered well and is now
leaking, water getting into his voice so when he says mother