Michael Barrish
photo: Lisa Whiteman

I once had a date with a woman who insisted we not tell each other anything about ourselves. It was the most interesting date I ever had.


The word oblivio is Latin. Often translated as “forgetfulness,” it suggests a profound lostness — something akin to oblivion but more oblivious.


The line “a man signs a shovel and so he digs” is from A Final Sonnet by Ted Berrigan.