Smoking in the girls’ room, sneaking a drink, napping
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Benjamin Hertwig’s debut poetry collection, Slow War, was released by McGill-Queen’s University Press in August. He is a PhD student studying English at the University of British Columbia. On good days he drinks five or six cans of club soda and gets his hands dirty in the garden. On bad days he eats pizza and keeps his hands clean. He tweets sporadically: @benjaminhertwig.
I am waiting to turn left at an intersection. A driver cuts me off, we make eye contact, and I am caught in the endless loop of a memory I thought I had left behind eight years ago in Afghanistan. I begin to feel panicked.