I realized Failure was always performing strange little experiments

Mercer Street (She Was Trying To Leave Something Behind That Wouldn’t Stay Left) ©MAIERMOUL
Mercer Street (She Was Trying To Leave Something Behind That Wouldn’t Stay Left) ©MAIERMOUL

The experience as it expanded was what I imagine writing a novel to be. As I was working on their story, I started discovering things about these characters and their world.

I realized Failure was always performing strange little experiments as they went along, and so those came in, and then I realized the narrator was so ready to follow Failure because she felt broken and broken-hearted in equal measure.

She was trying to leave something behind that wouldn’t stay left. Thus arrived the character of the Corpse who they pick up on the side of the road, who won’t stay buried— and the poem kept growing.

– Sasha West, interview, r.kv.r.y quarterly literary journal