with D. A. Powell
The last thing that made you smile
Somebody’s poem. A student’s, which makes the event even more pleasurable.
There are no secrets. Only mysteries.
The last thing you wrote
An email. To you. It looked like this.
Your favourite city
What you’d place in a time capsule
Donald Trump. No, that would be a space capsule. Whitney Houston singing “I Will Always Love You.” Betty Buckley singing “Tell Me on a Sunday.” Nina Simone singing “Don’t Explain.” Martha Wash singing every thing Martha Wash ever sang and didn’t get credit for, which was a lot. Otherwise same stuff as the Egyptians: some food, some jewels, a non-stick egg pan, matches, flares, a poem. The stuff you need for all eternity.