Montreal-based publishing entity Metatron is guest editing Everyday Genius this month. We'll be featuring excerpts from our new fall catalog as well as Canadian writers we like. Today's author is bilingual writer and feelings expert Marie Darsigny.
It happened to me, I dated Mia and I wrote about it
on the internet. She was not happy, but Jane Pratt was.
It happened to me, I dated Mia and she always wore
the same black pants and the same white blouse
that never got stained despite the fact that she
had no washing machine, because she didn’t live anywhere.
It happened to me, I dated Mia who knew every line of
every French movie and it made me want to eat her brain
in the hopes of absorbing her knowledge. It happened to me,
I dated Mia and strangers would come see me at parties saying,
“Hey I love your bathroom, the pink toilet is so lovely”
and I would think, “When the fuck were these people at my house?”
It happened to me, I dated Mia and she invited her friends
over at my house while I was working. I kept crying
and thinking, “Holy shit I think I'm dating an escort.”
It happened to me I dated Mia and I found weird chat logs
on my computer. She used Firefox while I used Safari.
I sent my friends messages that said, “I'll see you next weekend, xo”
while she send her friends messages that said, “I miss your hands, xo.”
It happened to me, I dated Mia and it ended at Saphir,
with my friends throwing vodka-sodas at her over their shoulders.
It happened to me, I dated Mia and she disappeared only to reappear
much later and tell me, “I'm sorry I was such an asshole,”
to which I replied, “Yep you were.” It happened to me,
I dated Mia and when I talk about it to people, it turns out that
half of Montreal has dated Mia. It happened to me,
I dated Mia and five years later I still don't understand
what the fuck exactly happened to me.
Marie Darsigny is a bilingual writer who lives in Montreal, Quebec. Her work has appeared in both English and French in xoJane, xoVain, Urbania, Nightlife Magazine, Ton Petit Look, Girls Get Busy and The Void. A Little Death Around The Heart (Metatron, 2014) is her first collection of poems.