Ghost Q & A

Poetry Anne Carson

Q how do you know you’re a ghost

A it’s the sliding

Q is it like sleep

A like scything

Q do you feel old or young

A space and time are wrong

Q do you eat, is there food

A the sliding affects my nerves

Q what about up and down

A just vectors

Q do you have language

A aren’t I talking to you

Q I mean grammar

A the verb

Q that is a contradiction

A no it isn’t

Q just testing

A have I had this dream before

Q yet you’re also awake

A I contradict myself all the time

Q do you see people can you see me

A if you close your eyes

Q what about moods

A the edges are freezing

Q is that good

A yes

Q is it crowded

A are you joking

Q are there ghosts in this room

A most of the objects here are ghosts

Q really

A have you been to Paris

Q no

A Paris is a ghost

Q no it’s not

A have you read Thomas Pynchon

Q but we digress

A a ghost has no right angles

Q how do you relax

A swimming

Q who is that man

A he does the zeroes

Q did you say swimming

A I saw you at Saks once buying makeup in the middle of the night

Q wasn’t me

A it was the night the counter flooded

Q no

A you can’t put one in till you take one out

Q one what

A zero

Q does your hair keep growing

A yes but it is apples

“Each new issue feels like a public report from many individual private spheres.” —Antoine Wilson

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Issue 13



Summer 2011


​Anne Carson recently published NOX (New Directions). She received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2000.


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