No matter how far we back away from ourselves
this scene will not reveal itself as a movie set.
Not the low building not the couple meeting out front
& not the desk clerk who is sick of it all.
The sign flashing dirty green / pink / off & on again
eludes through its perfectness– a dull trick–
the possibility of being a propmaster’s deceit.
STOP HERE / X-L MOTEL / STOP HERE.
Because this is all there is to know
we know that someone here is desperate.
by Joshua Clover