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Narrative Rhythms

Electrocardiogram (ECG) monitors are like nonfiction writers: taking in the world and spitting it out in fewer dimensions with more meaning—maybe even some sense. ECGs only show electrical activity, not a heart’s physical pumping, so they are a highly biased picture, like a writer’s gallons of ink on a page.

Ear to the Night


I press my hand to your sleep.

Then I find your spent head under small
whirling tresses

having digested the clatter
of car horns, children

bustling into sweet shops.