Question & Answer 4 – Amanda Lovelace

Question 4

Today we left the house
and managed to spend the last of this week’s

wage on salad, and cat food, and orange juice.
There were too many people

in the aisles, and a vegetarian family
at the next till who clearly didn’t get the memo
on Uggs. We watched the kids

run riot and attack the impulse buys
like locust to a jellybean factory.

[kinda confused and not sure how to succeed]

And we knew we were just
5 short months
away from other people watching us
watching our new born cry.

There is a smugness in living external
to experience, don’t you think, Amanda? A series
of ignorances that will soon recede and die. We bought

quorn

and

products not tested on animals

and

were proud of ourselves. Because we don’t wear

Uggs.

– Aaron Kent

Answer 4

yes, aaron,
i guess
you could say
there’s a certain
smugness
in living external
to an experience
that will
eventually
come
crashingintoyou
like an oncoming
train.
like the train i
sat stalled in
for
over an hour
& complained
incessantly
to my mother
about
being late
to the concert
while men
in protective suits
scraped pieces
of the
suicide jumper
off the tracks.
it’s like
all those
years later
waking up
at half past
noon
skin-under-fingernails
angry with
myself
for
not thinking
of that
way out
first.

– Amanda Lovelace

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