No Passwords

No Passwords. © Chris Bronsk 2014.

“He wanted a different life, a new life. Which should have been as easy as buying something. As simple as opening a new account. He’d wanted to make a new name for himself and the new password that would access his secrets would be (‘preferably some combination of letters and digits’)—no, no passwords. And no different names—no name at all.”

—Joshua Cohen, from Four New Messages (Graywolf, 2012)

(from the archives, Seattle, 2014)

Celluloid

Celluloid (I). © Chris Bronsk 2014.
Take It Or Leave It. © Chris Bronsk 2014.
Celluloid (II). © Chris Bronsk 2014.

“I’m not capable of describing my own liberation as a series of plausible events; I lack the ability to convey the evolutionary history of my own resurrection–I present only these epiphanic stanzas, though my resurrection too was like an epiphany, like a haiku; it was like a single line of poetry, unerring as lightning.”

—Jerzy Pilch, from The Mighty Angel

(from the archives, Seattle, 2014)