by Jason Heroux

When I went to the hospital to visit my friend I saw the hospital was torn down, demolished, replaced by an auto repair garage. The receptionist led me into the main bay. Someone dressed in a mechanic’s jumpsuit stood near the hydraulic lift, wiping his hands with a greasy rag. “He wants to see his friend,” the receptionist said. “He can’t,” the mechanic replied. The receptionist looked at me, shook her head. “You can’t.” I asked why not. The receptionist glanced at the mechanic. “What can’t he?” The mechanic continued wiping his hands. “Because it’s not possible.”


JASON HEROUX is the author of four books of poetry: Memoirs of an Alias (2004); Emergency Hallelujah (2008); Natural Capital (2012) and Hard Work Cheering Up Sad Machines (2016). His most recent book is the novel Amusement Park of Constant Sorrow (Mansfield Press, 2018). He is the current Poet Laureate for the City of Kingston, Ontario.