Long before presidents seemed so crazy (though that might well have been illusory), long before anyone mentioned global warming, before wars were anything but bottled messages washed up on the sinking island of childhood, and before disease bludgeoned you to death over godforsaken months and years, I cracked my head open on a metal railing. In hospital you held my hand when I cried and told me everything – head, world, et cetera – would be okay. You lied.
Jonathan Taylor is an author, editor and lecturer. His books include the novel Melissa (Salt, 2015), the poetry collection Musicolepsy (Shoestring, 2013), and the memoir Take Me Home (Granta, 2007). He teaches Creative Writing at Leicester University. He lives in Leicestershire with his wife, the poet Maria Taylor, and their twin daughters, Miranda and Rosalind. His website is: www.jonathanptaylor.co.uk