god’s breath hovering across the waters
god’s breath hovering across the waters begins with the story of Arthur Penzias’ discovery of the echo of the big bang through a cryogenic microwave receiver and from there explodes into a meditation on the author’s mother’s untimely and tragic death. Memories, history, war, science, horror movies, space exploration, and the RCA dog are just some of the subjects that expand and contract, intersect and repel, throughout the arc of the collection.
from "Depraved Cogitation," from god's breath hovering across the waters: ...The boys in the movie get their comeuppance in a dazzling display of gore and carnage. Gavrilo Princip died in prison, a painful death by tuberculosis. The boy in my first grade class grew up to be a certified public accountant. And I, even after becoming an orphan at forty-two— got off easy. Easy as pie. True enough. But everyone has a zombie tied up in the basement. And one day it will bite someone you love, and then she will be a zombie, slowly rotting as you bring her gifts,
and make sweet, sweet love to her.