Poetry Everywhere You Look: Bill Hader’s Interview with Hazlitt, “Empathy Implicates You”

by Alexis Smithers

taken from Bill Hader’s Interview with Hazlitt, “Empathy Implicates You”


It was I think, like

Thank you.
(that’s the looking)
and then discover This.

what I’m gonna do with my life:
we watch.

having family and
explain them and
them saying “Very well.” and
going and
meeting falling in love, and
just…out of the gate you see this is gonna go awful.

the mistakes and the great and the start become bad things
and the bad become unexamined
and I found every kind of movement
I found touching

it is that, while you go,
–how can they and you can’t–
it has to exist.

it wants

but the power
is the fact.
it’s taking you know.

Contributing Editor

Alexis Smithers is a twenty one year old explosion of messes. They are queer black writer that was published in a book about how horses heal (Wild at Heart by Heather Kirby), and has work that can be found on theEEEL. Fun facts: they tied a pillowcase to their back and tried to fly after seeing Sky High, their mantra can be found in Wreck-It Ralph, The Babadook, or Orphan Black (depending on the day) and they’re terrified of mostly everything but art makes the fear easier to hold.

Alexis was invited to participate in the LAMBDA Writer’s Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices as a fiction student in Los Angeles this summer! If you have the means to donate to help get them there no amount is too small & every share would be a blessing, click here to for the details. Thank you Lit Lovers! ♥