East Delaware Place I’m sorry I broke quarantine. I intended to leave behind a sore throat, raw cellular structure differently. When you cough, imagine my mouth is an orderly soothing your neck. When you sweat, collect it in washcloths. Use them to remind me the proper flavor of a fever. When you can’t get out of bed, pretend I’m next to you, smack the Snooze button like my cheek; I’ll ask for more in nine minutes.
J. Bradley is the author of Dodging Traffic (Ampersand Books, 2009), The Serial Rapist Sitting Behind You is a Robot (Safety Third Enterprises, 2010), My Hands Are As Thick As Dreams (Patasola Press, 2011), and the upcoming e-chapbooks A Patchwork of Rooms Furnished By Mistakes (Deckfight Press, 2011) and Our Hearts Are Power Ballads (Artistically Declined Press, 2011). He is the Interviews Editor of PANK Magazine and lives at iheartfailure.net.