History Book: Or, The Rheology of Emotional Proximity

Michael T. Smith is an Assistant Professor of the Polytechnic Institute at Purdue, where he received his PhD in English in May 2014.  He teaches cross-disciplinary courses that blend humanities with other areas.  His poetry has been most recently published in Tau Poetry Journal, Eunoia Review, Adelaide Literary Magazine, Bitchin Kitsch, Taj Mahal Poetry Journal, Zombie Logic Review, and the Asahi Poetry Journal.  He also has critical work recently published in Symbolism and Cinematic.  He has most recently attended the 2016 CCCC conference as well as 2016 NeMLA conference.​

History Book:
Or, The Rheology of Emotional Proximity

The perforated forms of the people of Lilliput
              Cut out of recycled paper
              With crayons rub on a face
To self-give a sense of humor with a scribble.
              The two-dimensional world of happy folds:
              Papyrus hearts of arthritic origami.
Blank people milling around the factory grounds
              Fix a porridge bowl of history in pulp
              (for the family is a serial number).
Yesterday the screen of life
              Could not be washed with a rag -
              No wink into an ambiguous nap -
For the caliper is of a singular invisibility.


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