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Chris Tysh was born in Paris, France and holds an M.A. in
Chris Tysh
American Literature from the University of Paris (Sorbonne). She currently teaches creative writing and women's studies at Wayne State University in Detroit. She has published five books of poetry, the most recent being Continuity Girl (United Artists Books, 2000). She is an editor for the on-line art and literary journal mark(s) (www.markszine.com) and is currently working on a film script based on the work of George Bataille.



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Chris Tysh
Not exactly burning, the room she slept in
suggested tears as if only a few seconds ago
there had been someone, stepping in from the street
about to extinguish his cigarette, maybe reach
down into her old wicker trunk of opulent phantasies,
a red light impossible to photograph. Look this way,
please. Better move the cat and drop the pretense.
Coffee stains color a silverprint commissioned by absence.
You know the unsorted bric à brac of pet owners,
early school morning light in mesh with same. She reshoots it,
down to the last space between chair and table. Pale enough
to summon a taxi, then slip the telling. It would always
derange, a narrow angle of blame.


from Continuity Girl, United Artists Books, 2000


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