5 haiku for people I loved before the end of the world by Sarah Jean Alexander
signs of the end times are here: stock footage of natural disasters, people
walking in cities unaware of the calamity about to befall them, and impassioned
interviews from adjuncts at mediocre universities. Yes these are obviously the end
of days. What can be done for them? Should the end times be feared? Obviously
somebody could prepare stock up on Spam and Ramen, hunker down in a bunker and
hope for the best. Clearly this is stupid. A better way of preparing for the apocalypse
exists. First getting a sweet mix ready for the end times is a must. William
Basinski’s famous ‘Disintegration Loops’ would be a good choice as the whole
thing has been re-issued and is five hours. While the world burns and the music
dissolves join a giant ‘people pile’ to get that ‘fuck’ on.
Jean Alexander takes the latter approach. Five haikus are dedicated to those
she loved. It is pretty remarkable to love even one person let alone five.
Though Sarah Jean Alexander is known for her ‘sad house girl’ persona perhaps
her actual talent is having a heart big enough to count as a one to two bedroom
adobe down Baltimore way. Plenty remember her chapbooks; her beautiful
contribution to literature entitled ‘I’m a Huge Dick’ which went over the
myriad ways that she is, in fact, despite her gender, a huge dick. Plenty more
remember her laugh, her smile, the way she can imbibe alcohol. Poets drink a
lot but few poets get the chance to work at a bar. Clearly Sarah is living the
one of these little haikus remembers the people she loved before. This is
important. Since the end of the world is happening and all, it is probably a
good time to hook up with people. Here Sarah witnesses one of them dissolve.
Perhaps Sarah is referring to her relationship. More likely Sarah is referring
to the sulfuric acid that will rain down on mankind killing everyone. Another
boyfriend says Sarah was the one that killed the relationship. The only thing
that killed their relationship was the fight between darkness and light at the
end times. One person Sarah hopes is happy. That’s unlikely as the world is
ending. She wishes Chicago was not twelve hours away. Since it is the end of
time she could technically arrive in Chicago immediately as there is no longer
any concept of time as described by the primitivist anarchist John Zerzan. By
the last haiku Sarah will remain 18 for the world will travel backwards in time
thanks to the tremendous amount of explosions.
a beautiful collection of haikus reminding the reader they have a limited time
on Earth to remember the good times. Let the end of the world commence!