Why X talks to me

X tells me he wants his words to open and swallow him, that’s why he talks to me, he says. No, not open and swallow him, he says, spit him out, out into nothingness, into not-X. That’s why he talks to me, so he won’t have to, so he can bombard his words with words, no, let them bombard him, no, be bombarded, no, become a bombardment of words, no, become a bombardment of words that bombards itself, blows itself into a million, ten million pieces, an endless cloud of answers, questions, denials, pronouncements, lies, resolutions, evasions, contestations, supplications, sentences, syllables, letters, an endless cloud, he says, endless and silent.

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One response to “Why X talks to me

  1. To fall silent, we must have talked a great deal.
    … to fall silent, that is, finally not to fail.

    — Jabés, El, or the Last Book (trans. R. Waldrop)

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