The Art of Becoming Invisible, by J. J. Steinfeld

“The Art of Becoming Invisible” was first published in Bête Noire (Issue #16, 2014).

Why doesn’t anyone answer
my well composed inquiries
sent at every solstice, equinox,
and partial or full eclipse,
punctually year after year?

Why doesn’t anyone answer
my succinct yet solemn prayers
when cacophony is approaching myth
periodically here and there?

Why doesn’t anyone see
my impressive touching of the moon
during less than desirable nights
haphazardly once in awhile?

And why does that figure with the gun
yell at me to turn around
just as I’ve mastered
the art of becoming invisible?


Canadian writer J. J. Steinfeld lives on Prince Edward Island, where he is patiently waiting for Godot’s arrival and a phone call from Kafka. While waiting, he has published seventeen books, including Disturbing Identities (Stories, Ekstasis Editions), Should the Word Hell Be Capitalized? (Stories, Gaspereau Press), Would You Hide Me? (Stories, Gaspereau Press), Misshapenness (Poetry, Ekstasis Editions), Identity Dreams and Memory Sounds (Poetry, Ekstasis Editions), Madhouses in Heaven, Castles in Hell (Stories, Ekstasis Editions), and An Unauthorized Biography of Being (110 Short Fictions Hovering Between the Absurd and the Existential, Ekstasis Editions).

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Posted on December 21, 2016, in Issue 19: Speculative Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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