No Mark Spiral1. d4 | d5 Mark and I played our Gameboys \ 2. c4 | dxc4 everyone kept it secret from Baba Galya 3. e4 | e5 that she was going to die | we weren’t 4. Bxc4 | Qxd4 supposed to say “cancer” / but she knew anyway 5. Qxd4 | exd4 and kept that a secret from all of us – 6. Bxf7+ | Kxf7 as I won the fourth grade state championship 7. e5 | d3 Papa whispered “three months?” into 8. e6+ | Kf6 his phone \ she died and I locked Mark in a closet 9. Kd2 | Bb4+ crying with the lights off | ha ha ha / Papa 10. Kd1 | d2 assigned us 120 tactics a day and played online 11. e7 | dxc1Q+ chess until dawn in my bedroom | I was so scared 12. Ke2 | Qe3+ of seeing Baba Galya’s ghost / I loved Mark 13. Kd1| Qd2+ so much – ball lightning \ 14. Nxd2 | Ke5 and the space between us grew and 15. e8Q + | Ne7 grew | and years kept passing 16. Qxe7+ | Be6 in their orbits / their spirals – I am here \ trying to 17. Qxe6+ | Kd4 stand in the center but 18. Nb3+ | Kd3 it keeps pushing me out Available now, No Mark Spiral (Cutbank Press) is Rainie Oet ’16’s eighth chapbook.