“Mr. Brightside” by The Killers
I love The Killers, not the Menendez Brothers or The Luftwaffe, but the band based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. Near the beginning of the “Mr. Brightside” music video, in the front of the bass drum, the words “The Genius Sex Poets” are visible. “Mr. Brightside” a.k.a. genius sex poet and lead vocalist Brandon Flowers, laments that his brief but magical encounter with a strange beauty began innocently enough but grows into an unbearable infatuation. “It started out with a kiss / How did it end up like this? / It was only a kiss / It was only a kiss.” Shortly after they part ways, he starts imagining her with another man, “And it’s all in my head / But she’s touching his chest now.” He admits regarding his jealous rage, “It’s killing me / And taking control” but also his “jealousy … it’s just the price I pay.”
Steve Castro is an MFA candidate in creative writing at The American University in Washington, D.C. He’s the Poetry Editor of Folio and the Assistant Poetry Editor at decomP. His work is forthcoming in Latino/a Rising: An Anthology of U.S. Latino/a Speculative Fiction and Toad Suck Review. His work has appeared in Verse Daily: Web Weekly Features, Spork Press, Hobart (print), Paper Darts, and Grey Sparrow Journal. The poet is left-handed like Leonardo da Vinci used to be.
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