I am here to import your novelties, I told them. They buzzed me in. The elevator was old and slow and rickety, but I never expected anything else. This whole building was dark stairwells and danger warnings. The sun never made it indoors. I had to push the door open against a pile of string spooled across the factory floor. Show me your best, I told them. They gave me the gorilla suit and I ran with it, knowing it would always have a place in our catalog. Neither trendy nor overly clever, it still spoke to a history of the species, and there was wry irony in knowing it would evolve over time.
Gary Glauber is a poet, fiction writer, teacher, and former music journalist. His works have received multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations. He champions the underdog to the melodic rhythms of obscure power pop. His two collections, Small Consolations (Aldrich Press) and Worth the Candle (Five Oaks Press), and a chapbook, Memory Marries Desire (Finishing Line Press), are available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and directly from the publishers.