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April 15, 2011      

Baby by Daniel Grandbois

Listen to a reading of “Baby” by Daniel Grandbois.

Lydia Davis’ “Varieties of Distrubance,” in conversation with Daniel Grandbois’ “The Hermaphrodite: An Hallucinated Memoir”

We turned off the telephone and did not answer the knock that rarely came. Out the little window, colors flashed in a haze, revealing silhouettes of moving figures. The hours passed. Our hearts went on beating, now slow, now faster. Something stuck in Alfred’s eye, a floating sperm cell or other from the cumming of the Lord. A tear evacuated my duct. I was dying to see the baby.
     Two men in overalls appeared and tinkered with the door. Despite our discomfort we proceeded with our dinner, eating something which unfortunately would not disappear from our plates unless we swallowed it.
     At dawn the next day, Alfred walked toward the window until it stuck to his eye, and he could see nothing but through it. The wings of his nostrils turned yellow. I got lost in his reflection on the window. As the daylight shifted, his reflection lifted, and I saw him pass by on the other side.
     It revolved in him now like a slow-turning whale. I began to torment myself.
     During an electrical storm, it announced its arrival at last with an odor of protoplasm that seeped into the house. Bats flew down from the attic, their wings chattering: “A baboon’s a baboon’s a baboon’s a baboon.”
     “A human being?” I asked in despair. Outside with Alfred, the baby stared at a red ball, ignoring me as if I were Dad. I turned on the telephone. No one called. No one knocked either, but I opened the door. Losing all expression, the baby straightened its back, and its eyes rolled up into its skull.

About the author:

Daniel Grandbois is the award-winning author of the story collection “Unlucky Lucky Days” (BOA Editions, 2008); the art novel “The Hermaphrodite: An Hallucinated Memoir” (Green Integer, 2010), illustrated Alfredo Benavidez Bedoya; and “Unlucky Lucky Tales,” (forthcoming, Texas Tech University Press, 2012), illustrated by Fidel Sclavo. His work appears in many journals and anthologies, including Conjunctions, Boulevard, Mississippi Review, and Fiction. As well, he plays in three of the pioneering bands of The Denver Sound: Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Tarantella, and Munly.

Daniel Grandbois


About the author:
Daniel Grandbois is the author of the story collection Unlucky Lucky Days (BOA Editions, 2008); the art novel The Hermaphrodite: An Hallucinated Memoir (Green Integer, 2010), illustrated by Alfredo Benavidez Bedoya; and the omnibus collection Unlucky Lucky Tales (forthcoming 2012, Texas Tech University Press), illustrated by Fidel Sclavo. His work appears in many journals and anthologies, including Conjunctions, Boulevard, Mississippi Review, and Fiction. As well, he plays bass in Slim Cessna’s Auto Club and keyboards in Munly & the Lupercalians.

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