In “Last Christmas,” poet Timothy Liu tells a story of old loyalty and new longing with shimmering economy: three people, one car. That these human arrangements are dwarfed by the stark winter landscape doesn’t make the unstable structure of their love triangle any less dangerous.

As Timothy shares in Multi-Verse Episode 12, one wrong word can see you left alone in the moonlight.

“Last Christmas” can be found in Timothy Liu’s collection Down Low And Lowdown: Timothy Liu’s Bedside Bottom-Feeder Blues (Barrow Street Press, 2023).

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