By Kevin Brockmeier
At age twelve, Kevin Brockmeier is able to develop into a special individual: now not the boy he has consistently been--the person who cries too simply and laughs too simply, who lives in an otherland of gleaming daydreams and imaginary catastrophes--but another person altogether.
Over the process one institution year--seventh grade--he units out looking for himself. alongside the best way, he occurs into his first kiss at a church celebration, struggles to appreciate why his previous acquaintances tease him on the lunch desk, turns into the controversy of the whole college due to his Halloween gown, and booby-traps his lunch to discourage a thief.
With a similar deep feeling and oddly dreamlike precision which are the hallmarks of his fiction, the acclaimed novelist now explores the dream of his personal earlier and recovers the individual he used to be.
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38 ................. 17510$ $CH1 09-16-09 10:24:19 PS PAGE 38 XXIX I wandered, lost, won, I laugh, cry, alone, in the road, exulting, in the practice, keeping watch, in the morning, at rest, after movement, I drop the bridle, unearth the roots, drained of blood, I cross uncertainty, eyes open, I wreathe the nightmare, from my spittle, I pull out the thread, which unravels my body, my form disappears, my soul remains, outside of its carcass, in the prison of cause, which abrogates sight, I walk on filth, palpable in my nothingness.
33 ................. 17510$ $CH1 09-16-09 10:24:18 PS PAGE 33 XXIV Taffeta, sound of the sea, the cypress is a candle, in which green hair burns, the mountain is a camel, it unloads its burden, steps resound on the flagstones, and ricochet off the clouds, I invite her on the journey, in the shade of the fig tree, opposite the isthmus, which is a barrier, where the spirit sinks, before the jetty, awaiting the ferry, lurking in the open sea, at the edge of the storm, the sea sends back its waves, the stars linger to arrange the dawn, the seagull is an island coming near, the mast is a tree groaning, she rises, with the day, she looks through the porthole, she washes in the foam, she covers herself with azure, which rekindles her whiteness.
17510$ $CH1 09-16-09 10:24:13 PS PAGE 22 XVII Light irradiates the sunrise, day appears, it is a revelation, the west stays dark, near the full moon, pale pastille, in the flow of night, the dawn mists dissipate, brightness that turns you away from buildings, which perpetuate a memory of death, on such symbols, runs the east wind, murmur of strange message, beyond torment, beyond affliction, taste of ecstasy, which happens after the seething within, drunkenness carries away the mind, in front of a round moon, which sinks in a trail of blood, on the opposite side the sun is rising, such harmony burns, against your chest her breast heaves, mingled breaths, you doze off, and the day grows, and the east wind stirs up the bodies’ fire, or extinguishes it, in union, to dwell in the beloved, between survival in the igneous traces, and instant annihilation, ash raised by the wind, in gusts, above the silvery waters of the river.
A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip: A Memoir of Seventh Grade by Kevin Brockmeier