Blueprints to Begin
In the giant shoe there lives the magician. In the shoe is where he was born. His mother ages along the laces. His father they buried in the heel. Late at night, the magician spits up cards and sharpens cardboard hearts. The shoe is so large that they later add stairs.
First Gig with Lake Intermission
The magician makes his assistant's body disappear but keeps her hands and legs. The town crowd applauds as if God walked into the room. The blood in the canoe fills and pours over. The canoe sinks. The red blends with the lake and makes it a darker lake, a subtle change that remains unnoticed. When the curtain closes the magician's assistant puts back on her body. She is in a rush about what goes where and leaves the theater with a bucket.
Grieving the Leaving of His Assistant
The magician sits with the trees and believes in the outcome of absence. The magician's horse is famished. Together, the two spoon beetroot soup. Nightly, the magician swallows rope. So much rope. It's his only magic left.