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Farewell, Interior, and: Hôtel L’intérieur

From: Colorado Review
Volume 40, Number 2, Summer 2013
pp. 130-132 | 10.1353/col.2013.0040

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Farewell, Interior


The interior holds out its leathery hands.
It wants to take me to California
Where technicians will construct my head,
And where the streetlights are broken yolks
And small furry things crawl up my legs.


I decline the offer so the interior flips a switch
Which makes my teeth cold as though
I am eating ice cubes in luminous fog.
I eat the ice cubes and the city evaporates.
Rain clouds swab my eyebrows with sleep.


A bee lands between me and the interior
Where a thicket has sprouted up.
When I step inside I lose the ability to think
But my ability to blow suddenly into a thousand pieces
Separates me from the interior which


Trembles like a newborn lamb.
Poor interior, it is only a pink thing
Puking out breast milk. It is only this
Persuasive reflex churning in
The darkening hole of myself.


O Interior! My wounds are your wounds!
I drizzle them over your outstretched canvas
And drill holes so the light will reach us on
The other side where a canola field
Is waiting to wrap us in its breath.


Dear Interior, I have no interior!
I am a shaved head turning into a field of breath,
This is the final birth and when the wind
Starts spinning a circle of leaves
An invisible man leaps out of the center.

Hôtel L’intérieur

When I suck on the mint I have
The sensation that there is a hotel
In my chest and it is my duty

To clean the linens and vacuum
The hallways which are lined
With Louis Quatorze mirrors.

The guests wear red tights
And smoke tobacco from the colonies.
When they fall asleep they evaporate

So I am left with these flame-shaped curtains.
I draw a bath and snuff the candle.
I am so bored with feeling.

Nathan Hoks  

Nathan Hoks is the author of Reveilles and The Narrow Circle. He lives with his family in Chicago where he runs Convulsive Editions.

Copyright © 2013 Center for Literary Publishing
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Hoks, N.(2013). Farewell, Interior, and: Hôtel L’intérieur. Colorado Review 1(2), 130-132. Center for Literary Publishing. Retrieved August 5, 2013, from Project MUSE database.
Nathan Hoks. "Farewell, Interior, and: Hôtel L’intérieur." Colorado Review 1, no. 2 (2013): 130-132. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed August 5, 2013).
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