Flash CNF: Kathleen McGuire’s “Spiritus Mundi”

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Kathleen McGuire

Spiritus Mundi 

“Emulation in the Ghost Condition” by Mark Small


My dog has cataracts in both eyes. Sometimes there is a green liquid floating in the nebula but today there are three colors swirling like the reflection of planet earth. I read her the Second Coming in our backyard as the wind shakes the tomatoes off the vines and the magnolias fall into the grass like weird stars. This tropical storm makes the clouds wavy, a TV screen searching for reception, and the sky black as augite. My plastic lawn chair rattles and I think this rain-battered minute will one day be the spiritus mundi–the memory behind the memory. That’s what her eyes looks like in the approaching darkness, blue mountains beyond green mountains.


About the writer:
Kathleen McGuire holds a B.A. in English Literature and resides in Denver with her husband and son. In addition to writing about her impressions of real, raw human experience, she is a songwriter and fronts an indie rock band.

Image: “Emulation in the Ghost Condition” from a body of work entitled Neural Responses by Mark Small. Mixed media. No size specified. No completion date specified. By permission. Small is a Scottish multi-disciplinary artist and a graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. He works using both traditional techniques and cutting-edge digital technology. Since graduating in 2016, Small has worked on public and private commissions and has work on permanent display in Edinburgh and Paisley.

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