Issue #91: Introspective
"Against the Glass" by Rachel Hyman and James T. Green
Facebook memories rekindle the flame and remind me why we went south
Was it that same me--same you--same world?
Your coffee-stained teeth graced the glass in my hand, cradling what we once had
No less real than the glass I drag my finger across, flipping through your life
What we had was fake, held together only by the algorithms that presented you into my conscious
Pulling the slot machine of refresh
Hoping against hope for that temporary enrichment,
that feeling of regret paired with anticipation
Looking for validation in my own life’s differences
Hoping for a fault in your porcelain facade. Is
the glass as real as your life
my own vase, swirling with the eddies
of imagined selves, the one
about to tip?
The best links this week.
★ How Corporations Profit from Black Teens' Viral Content: Doreen St. Félix investigates ownership of culture and content.
Notes from the editor.
★ Episode 31 of the Open Ended podcast will be released this Wednesday all about read receipts.
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