Rituals Performed in the Absence of Ganymede by Mike Corrao — Emma Holdaway

                                                                           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.