How to Talk to Children


I didn’t do this. The distance between my table saw and the light bulb is not
particularly desperate. It makes nearly everything more of itself to say so.
My children don’t like the wind. I let it cover me. I say what I want to say. Their
religion is sleeping on its back. I think I should be happy for them.
I think I should talk to my visitors, but I do not know who they are. Nor do they
know who I am though some of them think they do. Yes, I did these things, but not on
purpose. The distance between my mirror and my miniature orange tree is not particularly
You might think the lines were from smiling. I’ve never been able to contain
myself. The way I wanted was not the way I needed. What I needed was to need.
Many sorrows have I spilled unknowingly. Were they ever truly mine?
The distance between the table saw and the light bulb matters. A cruel act is not
justified by the crueler one it replaces.
My attractive despair had not won me acceptance. I was tragically unlucky in the
eyes of only a few admirers. My heart leapt into my stomach if someone spoke kindly to
Though I had lost much, grief had not yet caught up to me.
The distance between any two objects one can speak of with confidence is never
very large.
Nor do we know who they really are.

Fiction. Modern Abstract Fables.

(First edition, hardcover with dustjacket, 524 pages, $36.50 USD.)

Tunneling to the Moon: A Psychological Gardener’s Book of Days draws from fairy tales, a condescending of a 1938 Social Studies reader for 6th grade, an 1890 handbook on marital compatibility, numerous annoying educational advancement studies, the myths and legends of third-world countries and minority peoples, pulp fiction, a history of carnival side shows, folktales, frequent conversations with Crows, Owls and a wide variety of underground inhabitants, insects and the people who collect them, Joseph Cornell, Günter Eich, Russell Edson, the French Surrealist poets, the Quay Brothers, letterpress printing, and the author’s inability to channel his imagination linearly.

Begin from the beginning, catch up, read daily. Just refer to the Burrow Guide.