“Down the Rabbit Hole” © Edward Michael Supranowicz
Emotional conflicts in department
Received poor advice from supervisor
Regarding dismissal of assistant
Managing was not handled properly
Assistant subsequently reinstated
Told to develop a rent increase plan
Prepared a detailed fifty page report
Supervisor said increase was too small
And effected a much larger increase
Students organized a large rent strike
Patient had symptoms at home
Just thinking about returning to work
Complains of severe wheezing
And paroxysmal tightness; he reports
Inability to run for the bus
Inability to wash his car
Inability to work in his garden
Inability to walk rapidly
He can climb one flight of stairs
He has not attempted two or three flights
Fearing onset of prolonged wheezing
Ernie Brill has published his poetry and fiction widely in the US and Canada (Atherton Review, River Styx, Ice Flow Press (Toronto), Other Voices, pif, Oxford University Press, Harbor (British Columbia, and others.
He has a chameleoesque ability to hear and entered different voices from different walks and alleys of life.
He received his BA and MA from San Francisco State College where he was deeply involved in the longest student strike against racism in American history from November 6 to May 10 that established the first Black Studies Department in the country and an entire School of Ethnic Studies that still exists today and helped change the face of higher education in the US despite a constant police-occcupied campus, over 750 arrests”s, and over fifty faculty firings and student blacklistings.
Brill’s favorite writes include Virginia Woolf, Tom Kromer, Hyesoon Kim, Gwendolyn Brooks, Mahmoud Darwish, Pedro Petri, Richard Wright.
Edward Michael Supranowicz has had artwork and poems published in the US and other countries. Both sides of his family worked in the coalmines and steel mills of Appalachia.