Sunday, November 13, 2022

Semiautomatic Fiction

Hey you, out there, don’t you
Worry. You’ve still got all
Kinds of room to wander

From your prior selfhood
Towards your own person,
Don’t you? We think you should.

Want to have another
Life unlike your own life,
Unlike that life you are?

Wire a story! Jimmy
The ignition on it.
Ever hot-wired a car?

Then write from what you know.
Never hot-wired a car?
Then research it until

You sound like an ex-con,
Hardcore recidivist
From a Scorsese film.

Just make the details real
Enough for whoever
Is your target reader.

Wait, you really wanted
To live another life?
Sorry, Sparky. No dice.

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