The Middle – Part 3

King Gorgon is asleep
He can't attack while he's asleep
OH MY GOD
WHAT IN HEAVEN'S NAME
GET DOWN FROM THERE
HATEFUL CHILD
BEFORE I COME
AND THROW
YOU
DOWN
I raised you better than that
You Are Not a Monkey
repeat after me
I Am Not a Monkey
I Am Not a Monkey
say it
I am not a monkey
and get down from there
I
am
not
We were so young then
back then
virtual reality was still a fantasy
a closet dream that had no place
but in the future
we used to argue
on the nature of
abstraction
and whether dragons were concrete
I was right
and I was still right
but I've decided to change my mind
for you!
and believe that concrete objects
and only those that I can see
in the moment that I see them
The phonebook This lamp
my keys as soon as I
get them out of my pocket
My keys
I do this so I can sleep
without nightmares of resentment
and innocence

Though I admit
I did have an ulterior motive
for calling you
Remember our trip to Montreal?
phenomena of
hero worship
experience
and each
and every
a monkey
I Am Not
what I wanted to ask
was whether you've ever fallen
a great distance
and had your fall interrupted
by a patient and strong friend
who catches you
and spins you around
and sets you gently on the ground
I've thought about it a great deal
and I have a terrible urge
to catch you
is that sick
is that wrong
just the thought of you falling
and I imagine myself underneath
waiting with open arms
hiding under a tree
and moments before you strike
the ground
I pounce and wrap my arms
around your thighs
and The Middle of your torso
and though your weight
and your momentum
threaten to send us both to the ground
your force and I would struggle
and I would win
and throw you up
again
A Monkey

The 1000 de La Gauchetière
is the tallest skyscraper
in the world
in the city of Montreal
It is as tall as any building
in the world
in the city of Montreal
is allowed to be

NO BUILDING CAN BE TALLER THAN A MOUNTAIN

-Official Ordinance, The World

Toronto’s CN Tower
is nearly Two and Three-Quarter times
the height of the 1000 de La Gauchetière
and has appeared in almost Four Times
as many movies

there was big trouble
in the little city
Nero had a chill
the worst feeling he knew
and he wanted none of us
to be cold like him
Mrs. O'Leary's shrine was set
with no room for the cow
The Invaders of Alexandra
had overdue parchments
and could not 
afford to pay the fines
We Don't Have Time
to play these games
How Can You Expect Me
to applaud and otherwise
Show Support
when you treat our relationship
like we are an
Intercollegiate Sporting Club
that only plays night games
her voice was like the wind
and when she spoke
I had a terrible urge
to put on a coat
and shiver
and dangle tiny pinwheels
attached to the tops
of tiny planes
from the tips
of her nose

A Great Effort from one of our most Promising Young Writers!

I don’t think I understood it!

A work so great that it destroys literature as a concept, including itself!

When time machines are invented, someone will kill Hitler, others will save Jesus and Socrates and Gandhi and Lincoln and King and Kennedy maybe Lennon, and someone will prevent this book from leaving Lomax’s troubled mind!

Gripping!
Uplifting!
A tremendous introductory work!

Huge!
Monstrous!
Tremendous!

There is something in this book that is and will be fundamental to Western Thought!

Future generations will curse Mr. Lomax’s name […] if they retain the ability to use and process language!

It was fine! I’ve read worse!

I don’t think I understood it!

I really didn’t understand!

Let’s go back to Canada
Let’s go back and see
the things we didn’t see
in Canada
and maybe we can talk
about the things we see
in Canada
and fall for each other again

Absolutely Ambitious!

I didn’t enjoy it and I believe that it will taint my view of books in general for the remainder of my life!

A fabulous work! but nothing good will come from it!

Don’t push me.

I actually didn’t read it, but my opinion is still valid!

Can I talk to you?
Ha ha you took my nose
that’s really cute
Can I talk to you?
Can I be serious with you
for the first time in our lives?
Can I talk to you
about my feelings?
Can I open
my heart
like a book
that no one’s ever read?

Open heart

Can I talk to you?
Ha ha you took my nose
that’s really cute
Can I talk to you?
Can I be serious with you
for the first time in our lives?
Can I talk to you
about my feelings?
Can I open
my heart
like a book
that no one’s ever read?

Open heart