Dorothea Lasky is the author of ROME, as well as Thunderbird, Black Life, and AWE. She is a co-editor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry (McSweeney’s, 2013). She is an Assistant Professor of Poetry at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and lives in Brooklyn….
I can’t remember where this hurt comes from. A few words more, a few words more that I can still hear. He had a sorry face. When he’d spoken I too had a sorry face. I don’t remember what he said to me, I don’t know where the words he said flew off to. But what hurt, what awful hurt! We each had an ice cube between our fingers and on our tongue.
In 1912, the year [John] Cage was born in Los Angeles, his father, John Milton Cage, established a world’s record for staying under water in a submarine of his own design—thirteen hours, with thirteen people on board, on Friday the thirteenth.