A Poem by Michael D. Snediker

The Golden Bowl / Felix Gonzalez-Torres


There was no other
consideration except

I wanted to make
art work that could

disappear that never
existed and it was a

metaphor for when
Ross was dying it

was a metaphor that
I would abandon

this work before
the work abandoned

me I would destroy
it before it destroyed

this was my little
amount of power

from the very beg-
ginning it was not

even there I made
something that does

not exist I control
the pain.



Michael D. Snediker is the author of The New York Editions, The Apartment of Tragic Appliances, and Queer Optimism: Lyric Personhood and Other Felicitous Persuasions, as well as two two chapbooks, Nervous Pastoral and Bourdon. He’s an Associate Professor of American Literature and Poetics at the University of Houston.

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