Michael Meyerhofers Comments
When the World Will End
Hollywood has convinced us that when disasters come, they find us
prepared, beautiful, and articulate (at least for the hero, and what are we
if not the heroes of our own stories?). But in my experience, the real
world is astonishingly good at making us look stupidor, better yet,
reminding us of our own beautiful absurdity.
Theres something about being a kid that we tend to forget as we get
oldernamely, the blend of fascination and stark horror that we experience
whenever we learn something altogether new that challenges our view of the
world. This usually seems to happen in regards to mortality or sex, which
always felt strangely intertwined when I was young, I think because I
viewed sexuality (like death) as a dizzying, incomprehensible transition.
Why Dont You Dry Off After You Shower?
I dont know why but for some reason when I was 18 or 19, very
depressed and deathly shy, I went through this phase where Id barely dry
off after showering. Looking back, I think it was probably a strange
expression of grief over my mothers death (and other things), plus a bit
of a cry for attention from someone who had no idea how to interact with
Flight Safety Instructions
I suppose this is a bit of a meta poem, but its also about mortality and
vulnerability, and the fact that theyre always there in the background of
every situation, even though we instinctively work hard to ignore them, and
are generally so successful that we dont even realize it until a change in
the status quosome kind of turbulencejars us back to our senses.
Id wanted for years to write a poem about the ubiquitous awkwardness of
mens rooms, which I think serves as a metaphor for society and masculinity
(as well as human fallibility and frailty), but the challenge was to work
in some humor and express the awkwardness without going overboard. I
remember being told after an earlier draft that there are some things you
just cant write about, which is something Ive always disagreed with. Put
another way, I think the more awkward and difficult and unromantic a
particular setting is, the more its screaming for the kind of clarity that
poetry can provide.
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