A QUESTION OF TIME
In our dreams starlings fly roundelays
above a city of ruins and tumble down
down into invisible trees
confused but alive
Out of the dust blots at first
what seems a starling
what is a drone—
ah here in these streets seven hundred years old
the disappointments of modernity patrol
Someone is shouting
you never knew
Elisa Gonzalez is a writer of prose and poetry. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Barrow Street, Harvard Review, Hyperallergic, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. She has received support from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Norman Mailer Foundation, Rolex Foundation, and the U.S. Fulbright program. She lives in New York City.
Jia Sung is an artist and educator, born in Minnesota, bred in Singapore, now based in Brooklyn, and received a BFA from RISD in 2015. She is currently a 2018-2019 Smack Mellon Studio Artist and Van Lier Fellow, and an art director at Guernica. Her paintings and artist books have been exhibited across North America, including the Knockdown Center, RISD Museum, Wave Hill, EFA Project Space, Lincoln Center, Yale University, and MOMA PS1, and in publications including Hyperallergic, Jacobin Magazine, Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and The Guardian.