His whole autobiography was one long howl of wounded head. So he deserves some credit for not writing it. * Instead he surveyed the power brokering of the cannibal elite, recorded them for the sake of honesty and moral veto. They lived well regardless, and passed their laws. All so the helpless might adhere to them. * He once read somewhere students in Australia (or was it South Africa) studied for springtime exams under jacaranda trees in bloom, for good luck. One day he would have to write the history of the working classes under one. * They held to one another and fought and cursed and kissed and sang their endearing fight songs, tumbling a long fall all the way. Like blossoms. This book, for what purpose did he write it, but to open it one day, and catch them? Closing it, he keeps them, safe, hidden, preserved, indistinguishable from any other book on the table. * The barbarians were his people, though they looked on him as a Roman. Every day he conquered himself. And so, both victor and loser, was one.
Kyle Coma-Thompson is the author of the short story collections The Lucky Body (Dock Street Press, 2014) and Night in the Sun (Dock Street Press , 2016). The title story for his first book was included by Ben Marcus in the anthology New American Stories (Vintage, 2015).