Author Archives: Chris Floyd

About Chris Floyd

Tennessee. Moscow. Oxford.

14 Seconds for the Soul to Burn: The Additional Thing

“‘The Additional Thing’ (below) was the final poem written by American poet John Turner Wiley before his death at age 66 in a 2007 car crash in the Blue Ridge Mountains.” Pencil sketch. The Additional Thing It takes 14 seconds … Continue reading

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Anthony Alexander: like Petrograd in fevered flow

“Anthony Alexander, American poet and essayist (1925-1987). Like his friend and contemporary James Baldwin, Alexander spent many years in Paris, where his work was published in influential literary and political journals. His books include Not This One, Ricorso, and Homage … Continue reading

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Film noir moments: “Backstreet Frenzy”

“‘Ain’t you cops got nothin’ better to do? Haulin’ us in for what? Smoochin’ under a streetlight?’ The arrest of ex-working girl Wanda and her n’er-do-well boyfriend Clovis sets the pair hurtling down a dark spiral that leads to robbery, … Continue reading

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The Translation

When she was younger, she loved him for his body, and for her body. In a cloud of hormones lit by bolts of giddy neurons, in the freshness and chaos and newness of everything, everywhere, inside and out, she saw … Continue reading

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Deborah Greco: The Shiver

“I don’t get the shiver as often as I used to. The semi, quasi (pseudo?) epileptic spasm that re-sets my psyche, restores it to its more natural state, after a particularly acute attack of the strange mental ailment that has … Continue reading

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A change of heart at the dressing table

Pencil sketch, digital paint.

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Louise Goulding

“Louise Goulding. Parisian TV presenter and celebrity whose career took a strange turn after what she called ‘a vastation’ that overwhelmed her one night as she was hosting a panel show on travel. In the middle of a sentence, she … Continue reading

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