February’s Lists and Notes


Light Boxes

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from Light Boxes, by Shane Jones

Short List Found in February’s Back Pocket

  1. I’ve done everything I can.
  2. I need to know you won’t leave.
  3. I wrote a story to show love, and it turned to war. How awful.
  4. I twisted myself around stars and poked the moon where the moon couldn’t reach.
  5. I’m the kind of person who kidnaps children and takes flight.

List Found in February’s Cottage Detailing Possible Cures for February

  1. Valerian root and vitamin C tablets taken in the dark.
  2. Yoga and meditation.
  3. The melting of snow in children’s palms.
  4. Light boxes?
  5. Hot bath taken with mint extract.
  6. Touching the moon in places the moon doesn’t know exist.
  7. Consumption of St. John’s wort.
  8. Feeding the garden inside.
  9. Giving Bianca back.
  10. Twisting your fears into desires.
  11. Mood diary.
  12. Hydrating the body.
  13. Paying attention to the girl who smells of honey and smoke.

List of Artists Who Created Fantasy Worlds to Try and Cure Bouts of Sadness

  1. Italo Calvino
  2. Garbriel García Márquez
  3. Jim Henson and Jorge Luis Borges—Labyrinths
  4. The creator of MySpace
  5. Richard Brautigan
  6. J.K. Rowling
  7. The inventor of the children’s toy Lite-Brite
  8. Ann Sexton
  9. David Foster Wallace
  10. Gauguin and the Caribbean
  11. Charles Schulz
  12. Liam Rector

Note Found in February’s Pocket by the Girl Who Smells of Honey and Smoke

I wanted to write you a story about magic. I wanted rabbits appearing from hats. I wanted balloons lifting you into the sky. It turned out to be nothing but sadness, war, heartbreak. You never saw it, but there’s a garden inside me.

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