WILLIAM WALSH

 

A SET OF OBJECTS, A SITUATION, A CHAIN OF EVENTS WHICH SHALL BE THE FORMULA OF A PARTICULAR EMOTION; SUCH THAT WHEN THE EXTERNAL FACTS, WHICH MUST TERMINATE IN SENSORY EXPERIENCE, ARE GIVEN, THE EMOTION IS IMMEDIATELY EVOKED

 

1st RULE: You do not talk about OBJECTIVE CORRELATIVE.

2nd RULE: You DO NOT talk about OBJECTIVE CORRELATIVE.

3rd RULE: If someone says "stop" or goes limp, taps out, the OBJECTIVE CORRELATIVE is over.

4th RULE: Only two guys to an OBJECTIVE CORRELATIVE.

5th RULE: One OBJECTIVE CORRELATIVE at a time.

6th RULE: No shirts, no shoes.

7th RULE: OBJECTIVE CORRELATIVES will go on as long as they have to.

8th RULE: If this is your first night at OBJECTIVE CORRELATIVE, you HAVE to OBJECTIVE CORRELATIVE.


BOY TOAT

 

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AS IF

from The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson


When morning comes, it is as if a hundred drums did round my pillow roll, as if my brain had split, with specimens of song, as if for you to choose, as if a chirping brook upon a toilsome way set bleeding feet to minuets without the knowing why, as if a bobolink, carolled and mused and carolled, then bubbled slow away, as if no sail the solstice passed that maketh all things new.

I feel as if the grass were pleased to have it intermit, it sounded as if the streets were running, and then the streets stood still, as if some caravan of sound on deserts, in the sky, had broken rank, as if a duchess pass!

There came one drop of giant rain, as if the hands that held the dams had parted hold, as if it held but the might of a child, as if the resurrection were nothing very odd!

At morning in a truffled hut it stops upon a spot as if it tarried always—as if the house were his, as if it were his own! As if some little Arctic flower, upon the polar hem, went wandering down the latitudes, as if this little flower to Eden wandered in, so gay a flower bereaved the mind as if it were a woe, as if the cloud that instant slit and let the fire through, as numb to revelation as if my trade were bone.

I’m different from before, as if I breathed superior air, as if my life were shaven and fitted to a frame, as if the chart were given, as if a kingdom cared!


William's work has appeared in Lit, Caketrain, The Morning News, Kenyon Review, Quarterly West, Annalemma, and elsewhere. His books include Unknown Arts, Questionstruck, Pathologies, Ampersand, Mass., and Without Wax. William's day job is at the Museum of Science in Boston, where he resides with his wife and kids.