“Future Theory,” by Andrew Hemmert, appears in the Winter 2019 Issue of MQR. Now let’s all take a deep breath and start over. Hello, my name is mostly water. My name is I have never known a world other than this one. You too? Maybe you
Child upon child goes, and someone’s mother is no longer that.
at the Angel Island Immigration Station our bodies levitated in minutes, ticking, ticking, alive, alive; forgo mercy and forgo hunger; slurp the pig slop; our muscles in 1911, 1912, we turned ghost and ghost again
Boobie, listen, I don’t know what to tell you. History is people being assholes to each other in increasingly sophisticated ways.
We want to ignore racism and our participation in it, to see our part as pure progress, ourselves as good. We want to believe in white evolution.
She was told no. She would not stop.