Laura Theis’s exophonic work appears in Poetry, Asimov’s, Mslexia, Rattle, and elsewhere. Her Elgin Award-nominated debut, how to extricate yourself, an Oxford Poetry Library Book of the Month, won the Brian Dempsey Memorial Prize. Her follow-up, A Spotter’s Guide to Invisible Things, won the Live Canon Collection Prize and the Society of Authors’ Arthur Welton Award. Other accolades include the Alpine Fellowship, Oxford Brookes Poetry Prize, AM Heath Prize, and Mogford Prize. For more information, see http://lauratheis.weebly.com/publications.html.
“Ask me something only I would know.”
You say this to your wife because you know you’re human. You can feel it in the familiar ache in your back, and the fear writhing in your guts. You feel it in the cold seeping into your bare feet from the kitchen floor. You know you’re real because you remember.
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