One night only, Massey Hall, the next generation
of NPR diehards assemble. It’s not a pledge drive
yet bearded and bespectacled we arrive to behold Ira’s
avatar. To start, a threat to leave us in the dark. His
neverbodied voice fills the auditorium as story after
story flitters from bunnied pre-recorded audio. And
finally alight, enacts his every-city trick: earnest
narration of balloon poodle’s creation. He raises
Rakoff’s voice from darkness, and the story of girl bit
by shark, which makes us queasy. He tells us how to
tell a story easy. And how a story told can be reflected,
a trained voice easily inflected, at sermon’s mount
with giggles and applause like a late-night call from a
friend who seems nice, but doesn’t know you at all.

David Alexander is the author of After the Hatching Oven (Nightwood Editions). His poems have appeared in Bad Nudes, the Humber Literary Review, The Rusty Toque, and elsewhere. He lives and works in Toronto.