John Chrostek

John Chrostek makes poetry, prose and plays, currently laid off from his job selling books at Powell’s City of Books in Portland, OR. His recent work can be found in publications like HAD, River Heron Review, Deep Overstock and more. Find him on twitter at @yoncrowstack.

SELF-MAINTENANCE by John Chrostek

I live at the bottom of an old apartment tower and my tub won’t stop filling up with water. The building, weary from a century of American life, funnels its sewage down through my unit’s pipes until it all gets stuck up tight and rises with a fury, bubbling and nasty from the drain. For days, my every waking moment has been spent dumping bucket after bucket of the hot, dim water down the toilet and calling out for help. The calling out is pointless, of course, for what raw marrow remains of my voice gets trapped in my apartment,…

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