Cento from Station Eleven: A Novel by Emily St. John Mandel
The fake moon is almost always brighter than the real one. The fevered summers of this century, this impossible heat. The lake glitters through the trees. Nothing crosses the sky except birds and shooting stars. The last thing he ever did made him happy. Tears silent and constant. There’s still a world out there. A woman washes clothes, and a young man down the street plays the saxophone. Let’s walk further. The cartoonist leaves her drafting table and goes down to the kitchen for a second cup of tea. If she could only remember their faces - somewhere near. Adulthood is full of ghosts.
Aura Martin graduated from Truman State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. She is the author of the micro-chapbook Thumbprint Lizards (Maverick Duck Press). Her work has appeared in ang(st) zine, dreams walking, and Fully Lit Magazine, among others. Find her on Twitter @instamartin17.