“Waugh,” by Bryan Washington
Appeared in the New Yorker, October 29th, 2018, and on The Writer’s Voice (read and listen)
Several thousand words
Harsh and sad, and sparely written. Interesting how Emil (?) disappears at the end—it seemed as though he and Poke might be forming a real connection, but in reality Poke is only thinking of Emil’s value to Rod. The point of view stays outside of Poke’s emotional center, perhaps because that’s just the way his character is. Very masculine, that aloofness of point of view.