John Keene‘s most recent books include the award-winning short fiction collection Counternarratives (New Directions, 2015). A fiction writer, poet, translator, and essayist, he teaches at Rutgers–Newark.
Nursing the coffee, cold as slush, Jimmy doubles back on the previous sentence. He slows at its end, at the question mark he just penned, at the blank space announcing what is not flowing from what he has just written. . . .