S is for Schadenfreude

 
 
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Waiting on the Other One to Drown

by Anna Jastrzembski

there is a sink going


d

r

i

p



out the mouth of a sputtering pipe

in a Washington Heights sublet


is it loose change or morning taps

that lifts your head off the pillow


whole city sprung up from sand

and bog and clay but still


you are surprised when

the news tells you don’t


be alarmed but

this place is gonna


s

i

n

k


but there are ways to overcome

our folly, water plazas in rotterdam


homes on stilts in carolina

and you nod along yes


for there is no need to fix the faucet

at least not tonight


but I know better

I’ve seen you step into a puddle


and cause a

f l o

o d.


Schadenfreude is pleasure derived from another person’s misfortune. In this piece the narrator derives pleasure from their belief in their own moral superiority, both over the subject of their gaze and of the media writ large.
— Anna Jastrzembski, on inspiration for "Waiting on the Other One to Drown"

ANNA JASTRZEMBSKI is a New York City based writer and a member of the MFA Playwriting Class of 2019 at Columbia University. She is interested in exploring how theory, poetry, and performance intersect.

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