Peter Krumbach

Peter Krumbach was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia. His most recent work has been published in Okay Donkey, Quarter After Eight, Salamander and Wigleaf. He lives in California.

HYDROGEN AND HELIUM by Peter Krumbach

I misspell people‚Äôs faces. Cup them in my palms, kiss some, give a playful tug on the jowls of others. Good evening. Never better. Burghers of landfills and oak-lined boardrooms, white-collar criminals and donors of kidneys. Calculated together, they equal a mean designed to obscure the edges. I apologize, parties do this to me. The low ceiling track lights, the shag underfoot, the heads bobbing like olives in brine. I could have sworn it was Frank. Dressed as Biff. I bend to greet the elders collapsed in mid-century chairs. Boredom, meet urgency. I bend to your aunt Wilma, who turns…

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