Song of the Week: “You are the Everything” by R.E.M.

The song on repeat. Not just now, always. A filter. Emotional vocabulary. The teeth in my mouth during sleep. Is this what we love?

I’m very scared for me, that I’m becoming too old to have a song, as you listen, become one of those memories that eviscerates all other memories. This song: Stipes’ trembling voice on “cry” and “very” and “eviscerate,” the undersound of mandolin strum and crickets. Like lines of poetry, like the teeth in my mouth during sleep.

A song can be a who, a where, even a why. This song is the boy in the backseat lying down, headphones on. Teeth sleeping in their grit. His song is on repeat. I love him. He / alone.

I float in the deep space of spring, a road trips’ buzz, a kitchen at 3 am–and you’re there / all there / all there is.

-Christopher Hennessy

Christopher Hennessy is the author of a collection of poems, Love-In-Idleness (Brooklyn Arts Press), which was a finalist for the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. His book of interviews, Our Deep Gossip: Queer Conversation on Poetry and Desire, is forthcoming from University of Wisconsin Press. His first book was Outside the Lines: Talking with Contemporary Gay Poets (University of Michigan Press). He is also Hennessy is currently a PhD candidate in Literature at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. His poetry, interviews, and book reviews have been published widely, and his work has been anthologized in Divining Divas: 100 Gay Poets on the Women Who Inspire Them; A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poems; Love Rise Up: Poems of Social Justice, Protest, and Hope; Among the Leaves: Queer Male Poets on the Midwestern Experience, and other books. He is a longtime associate editor for The Gay & Lesbian Review-Worldwide.

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