Upon the gathering of forensics for a disappearance by Michael Mirolla

POEM NAME : Upon the gathering of forensics for a disappearance AUTHOR NAME: : Michael Mirolla POEM: Through eyelid windows, the sun scatters dust like a scimitar that fails a clean slice. Particles, forced to dance in the ionized air, regroup behind slanted light – a Brownian motion valid across universes – and settle gently upon each surface. Upon the wall of books, creased spines tucked in, that speaks no more, gone silent underneath its inchoate film, the thin protection no one asked for. Closer examination reveals strict alphabetized order, from Abelard to Zeno, Anonymous to Woolf, a full logic phalanx all set to testify if and when the argument on the abuse of formal emotional grammar in romance novels arises. Upon the photographs, protected by glass and ancestor worship, that reflect points of pixilation from across the room, the same face peering out of homemade portraits, aging frame by frame in images of another country, of that not-quite -at-ease look, in slices through ascending time, an arrow climbing with no hope of reversal. Upon the static of a poorly tuned radio that alternates in a loop between “waking the devil from his dream” and “anything to feel weightless again” while sending coded messages to those with connections to an enigma machine. Upon the ghostly hum of a treadmill caught in its always ending cycle, slick palm prints imbedded on twin rails to prevent a falling through to other worlds. Upon a melamine desk where papers scattered like lost children plead to be read. Upon the well-oiled swivels of an empty chair. END OF POEM. CREDITS: Copyright © Michael Mirolla The author of a clutch of novels, plays, film scripts and short story and poetry collections, MICHAEL MIROLLA describes his writing as a mix of magic realism, surrealism, speculative fiction and meta-fiction. Publications include the novel Berlin (a 2010 Bressani Prize winner); The Facility, which features among other things a string of cloned Mussolinis; and The Giulio Metaphysics III, a novel/linked short story collection wherein a character named “Giulio” battles for freedom from his own creator. Other publications include the short story collection The Formal Logic of Emotion; a punk novella, The Ballad of Martin B.; and two collections of poetry: Light and Time, and The House on 14th Avenue (2014 Bressani Prize). His short story collection, Lessons in Relationship Dyads, from Red Hen Press in California, took the 2016 Bressani Prize. The novel Torp: The Landlord, The Husband, The Wife and The Lover, set in 1970 Vancouver during the War Measures Act, was published in 2016 with Linda Leith Publishing out of Montreal. And 2017 saw the publication of the magic realist short story collection The Photographer in Search of Death from Exile. A novella, The Last News Vendor, was published in the fall of 2019 from Quattro. A speculative fiction collection, Paradise Islands & Other Galaxies, is scheduled for the fall of 2020. The short story, “A Theory of Discontinuous Existence,” was selected for The Journey Prize Anthology; and “The Sand Flea” was a Pushcart Prize nominee. In the fall of 2019, Michael served a three-month writer’s residency at the Historic Joy Kogawa House in Vancouver, during which time he finished he first draft of a novel, The Second Law of Thermodynamics. Born in Italy and raised in Montreal, Michael now makes his home in Hamilton. For more information, www.michaelmirolla.com/index.html