radiant shattering

more stories

should be told

like this

with numbered lists

and flashing scenes

and teasing peeks

skipping around

the outlines

of a universe

and a sketchy blueprint

of a character alive in it

exploring surfaces

and cursory glimpses

brief encounters with substance

without getting substantial


composed of impressions

instead of expositions


i wish

i knew

all this



before my


to his stories

in high school

i would not have

written them off

as mandatory


had i known more

about the life

behind the words

i wish more teachers

spent more time

teaching students

about lives

behind stories

the two

are extensions

and mirrors

and completions

of each other

musings inspired by "Dostoevsky's Empathy" by Laurie Sheck via The Paris Review