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Austern, D. (2013). DĂ©nouement. Psychoanal. Perspect., 10(1):187-188.

(2013). Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 10(1):187-188

Dénouement

David Austern, MFA

If I'm my own protagonist then most of my good-byes

have been disappearances. The father character

drowned; ex-girlfriends skipped town

sent postcards. The problem now is I need

a real ending. I'm supposed to terminate

two years worth of work, to write myself

out of this chapter. I flip back a thousand pages

to when I was afraid of the phone.

It only brought bad news

and then the lines were disconnected. The toughest call

I made was the one for help, the a-ha moment

there was conflict in my narrative.

But this story is sci-fi and nothing dies of natural causes.

When my first therapist went on internship, finished

school, and started a practice

the couch cushions exploded with foam. Her eyes

were black holes, thematic echoes of other

abruptions—an uncle dropping dead

in an airport, an aunt embolizing. If that were the TV show Lost,

a monster would have swallowed her

in smoke, plucked her from ink

to white space. I'd prefer this were a song, that the music fade

for the only aural trace to be nothing

like a whimper or a bang.

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Austern, D. (2013). Dénouement. Psychoanal. Persp., 10(1):187-188

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