Fiona Ackerman, The Calm Before the Storm, 2011, acrylic, oil, and spray paint on canvas. 55 × 78.5 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
Books I’d Like To Read Someday
I and It, by Martin Buber.
Queen Lear, by William Shakespeare.
Moby Dick, by Gertrude Stein.
End Game, by Dr. Seuss.
Complete Poems, by Sappho.
Interpretation of Dreams, by Jorge Luis Borges.
Kafka for Dummies, by Franz Kafka.
My Mistake, by Laura Bush.
Why I Am So Wise, by Suzanne Buffam.
What Would Suzanne Do?, by Jesus Christ.
Things That Have Lost Their Power
The League of Nations.
The United Nations.
Theories of power.
Things That Will Never Lose Their Power
Beating a child at checkers.
Peeing in swimming pools.
Drinking milk from the carton.
Glimpsing one’s neighbor at home in her curlers.
Glimpsing one’s neighbor at home in her curlers, watching Dateline,
drinking milk from the carton.
Doctors who drink.
Doctors who don’t drink.
All Doctors of Literature.
To conquer Prussia.
To see Paul Klee’s complete works.
To taste the word “apple.”
To ride the Trojan Horse.
To sleep through Meatballs.
To stay awake through Swan Lake.
To relax with a traffic cop.
To wind a lost watch.
To summer in Paris without stepping in shit.
To eat a Happy Meal without feeling depressed.
To fish the Sea of Tranquility.
To film a dream.
To weigh a shadow.
To surprise a fire.