The following excerpts are from Jonathan Ball’s work-in-progress, The Politics of Knives.

fromPSYCHO

But mother, we like her. She skins so beautiful, she showers for us clean.

fromIN VITRO CITY

in vitro city, protestors are not welcome. the riot police are not welcome. former members of the regime are not welcome. troops are not welcome. broken toys are not welcome. torn clothes are not welcome. perishables are not welcome. keys are not welcome. with this sex they are not welcome. in that skin they are not welcome. without money they are not welcome. you are not welcome.

fromTO BEGIN

Every story is true, somewhere. Walls falling to dust. Gates bending. The land suffering, silent and cold. The light that left them has taken the child. Something must happen soon.

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Ball is the author of Ex Machina, Clockfire, and The Politics of Knives. Visit him online at www.jonathanball.com or @jonathanballcom.