This is one of two instances in your life when you will receive these instructions. There is only one step you’re allowed to hear this time—the last one. It will be the first thing you hear when you’re born and it will be one of the worst things a human being could ever be told. […]
EVAN LAVENDER-SMITH is the author of two books, From Old Notebooks and Avatar. His writing has recently appeared in The Sun, The Southern Review, New England Review, The White Review, New York Tyrant, Egress, BOMB, and other magazines. He lives in Blacksburg, Virginia, and teaches creative writing at Virginia Tech. Visit him at www.el-s.net.