what brought you to Ganymede?
something wants to come out [always hard to trace;
of me, something abstract, a string of words, but sporadic, coagulating into…]
I don’t know what they’re supposed to look or
feel like, what they’re supposed to encapsulate.
I broke as time dissolved around me
into an excruciating string
of minor to major catastrophes
and now I slide through a newer joy and
[… a fifth entity]
The chaos of my being is
stripped from me and I weep.
sob hysterically as I wander gently through something I have no way to internalise.
It is a lulling story, and vicious in the telling; the tale of a creature both coming
home and leaving again at once, occult yet delightfully not
Mike Corrao is the author of three novels, MAN, OH MAN (Orson’s Publishing); GUT TEXT (11:11 Press) and RITUALS PERFORMED IN THE ABSENCE OF GANYMEDE (11:11 Press); one book of poetry, TWO NOVELS (Orson’s Publishing); two plays, SMUT-MAKER (Inside the Castle) and ANDROMEDUSA (Forthcoming – Plays Inverse); and three chapbooks, AVIAN FUNERAL MARCH (Self-Fuck); MATERIAL CATALOGUE (Alienist) and SPELUNKER (Schism – Neuronics). Along with earning multiple Best of the Net nominations, Mike’s work has been featured in publications such as 3:AM, Collagist, Always Crashing, and Denver Quarterly. His work often explores the haptic, architectural, and organismal qualities of the text-object. He lives in Minneapolis.
Emma Holdaway (née Miles) is a writer and critic, particularly interested in typography and form. Previous work can be found at Minor Literatures, Burning House Press, Compound Press and Minute Magazine.