Scrolling through the at-the-limit list of names, I’m caught unaware: my phone displays a friend I’ll never be able to call again. Now that all that’s left of her are memories I can’t delete her entry, it seems too final, as if it would erase our entire past together. Phones are democratic: jumbled together are
Lawrence Schimel was born in New York City in 1971. He received a BA from Yale University. He is the author of the poetry chapbooks Deleted Names (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2013) and Fairy Tales for Writers (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2007). His translations from the Spanish include Jordi Doce’s Nothing Is Lost: Selected Poems (Shearman Books, 2017). Schimel lives in Madrid, Spain.