Now the scene changes, we say, and the next few years are quiet. It’s another curse, the inverse of the “interesting times” the Chinese were said to go on so about. Nevertheless, there it is, as the emptiness needs a something in order to be defined as empty, which means we spend
John Gallaher is the author of Map of the Folded World (University of Akron Press, 2009) and The Little Book of Guesses (Four Way Books, 2007), which won the Levis Poetry Prize. He is an associate professor of English at Northwest Missouri State University and coeditor of The Laurel Review.