A decommissioned missile silo in Kansas was parceled into luxury condos, which went on sale in 2012. Tenants could choose among several artificial views, the most popular being Central Park. This actually happened. Here I am, the latest generation in the missile condo. My great-great-grandparents paid 3 million dollars for that window with its perspective on real-time New York. buried in a barrel north of Wichita Central Park, a bizarre name for a rectangle in the Atlantic Ocean or the East Coast Sea, whatever they call it now. cylinder conceived as luxury It was New York, it was the best of times. Our ancestors left the camera running and brought the park to Kansas. waiting to be flattened At night I hear missiles rolling up and down the shaft outside my door. They sound like an incoming tide. The prairie is turning into salt grass. phosphorus bloom on a curved wall Ghost missiles depart my silo, bound for an empty dry-grass version of Russia. an idea like the sun flaring From An Internet of Containment (BlazeVOX, 2018)
Anne-Adele Wight is the author of An Internet of Containment, The Age of Greenhouses, Opera House Arterial, and Sidestep Catapult, all from BlazeVOX Books. She has read extensively in the United States and her work has been published internationally in print and online. For several years she coordinated the multi-genre performance series Jubilant Thicket. She lives and writes in Philadelphia.