Underground by Jared Carter The two children – abruptly shoved off the platform into the path of an oncoming train – are not in that instant crushed by the wheels, but instead dissolved against the event horizon of a black hole suddenly materialized out of another galaxy. Its unknowable surface accepts each of them. The girl becomes a dove caught by the softest, lightest of nets, the boy a silver fish trapped in a riverbank weir. The subway tunnel with its overhead coffers, the platform, the people standing along the edge, the train braking to a stop – all of this translates into long filaments of irretrievable data. Agamemnon announces that the wind has risen, and the Achaeans can now set their sails. Bio: Jared Carter’s sixth collection, Darkened Rooms of Summer , was published in 2014 by the University of Nebraska Press. He lives in Indianapolis
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