“I Bet on Losing Dogs” by Mitski
Mitski’s “I Bet On Losing Dogs” reminds me of my grandmother, who was my best friend. I called her Meisha. While still a teenager she married my grandfather, and they divorced and remarried each other several times. He smoked five packs a day, could drink a case of beer in a day, told dirty jokes around kids, and had the vibe of a novelty ashtray. But he had a good heart and I only saw him do one really mean thing: he lived across the street from Meisha and to upset her he’d sit in his yard drinking with a girlfriend. My grandparents’ love was a study of pain and devotion. Radiant with intelligence, life, and beauty, Meisha passed away unexpectedly when she was just 62, from a rare and brutal disease. Almost exactly a year after she passed away my grandfather died of lung cancer. They’re buried together.
Joshua Edwards directs Canarium Books and works at Marfa Book Company. He’s the author of four books of poetry, including Castles and Islands and Imperial Nostalgias, and a photobook, Photographs Taken at One-Hour Intervals During a Walk from Galveston Islands to the West Texas Town of Marfa. He also translated María Baranda’s book-length poem, Ficticia. He lives in West Texas with Lynn Xu and their daughter, Issa. Some of his work can be found at www.architecturefortravelers.org.
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