The truth is you didn’t want to disappear, but you were already disappearing. Your skin burned clean away, your body no longer recognizable without the flip chart at the foot of your hospital bed....more
Posts Tagged: fire
(n.) a neighbor whose house is on fire; from the Ancient Greek character Ucalegon, an Elder of Troy whose house was set on fire by the Achaeans when they invaded the city.
Accomack is a small county that looked half-gutted even before the fire started, where love and fire could combine to transform two ordinary people’s lives into an epic romance.
After her charismatic older cousin was burned in a fire, Thea Goodman found in him a kindred spirit. Years after his overdose, she revisits their complex relationship’s influence and aftermath....more
The Rumpus Poetry Book Club chats with Brenda Hillman about trance work, glintings, and radical animism in Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, the last in a tetralogy of books about the four elements....more
I was new to Austin and to adulthood, and if adulthood meant dressing up in pencil skirts and suffering, well, I’d pretend that was as glamorous as it looked in old movies. I didn’t care. I loved it. I’d kiss it like the girl in the song kissed ice and dirt....more
We start by lighting parts of ourselves on fire that are easier to put out than our faces. Hands, to begin. Arms outstretched, palms toward the darkening sky, I watch as a flaming torch is wiped across my hand from wrist to fingertips...more
I joined the Marfa Volunteer Fire Department six months ago. So far, I have been to zero fires—the West Texas wildfire season doesn’t really pick up until spring—and two fire training courses....more
New York indie band Vampire Weekend somehow have proven that music videos are still culturally relevant.
Earning them the response, “Vampire Weekend are a bunch of dicks,” the music video for their song “Diane Young” (which is great) shows an older Saab burning with the New York City skyline looming behind it....more