Stephen Carson

Associate Director, Membership Management, Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab, MIT


Catherine’s in the spare room,
dying. She’s trying
madly to remember
who she is.

The rest of us sit down
to dinner–
chairs shriek
across the tile floor.
by the impossible yellow
of corn, I can’t
remember if it ought
to be that way. I’m startled–
the twist of gristle
warps its way
through the chicken leg
I’m supposed to eat.

Every clink–
fork or knife
on plate–
rises up
above the
table. Each
a glass bubble.

And each
about to break.


Appeared in the Fall/Winter 1997 issue of The Hawaii Review.