‘Wizard’ figures a world of collections, anachronisms, clocks, mechanisms, a kind of cabinet of curiosities, kept by a magical figure. This wizard is a “mechanoid”. It seems that Orlova is moving towards the next sequence in the volume, the poems about alchemy. We see the poisoner’s shop from Romeo and Juliet here, mayhap. This is a hopeful poem. The narrator imagines that she might travel into a better place, where “gentle flowers/blankly refuse to wither.” As ever, with Orlova, the poem is tense and hilarious in its paradoxical yoking of incompatible elements. The poem is pure impossibility. Orlova’s great skill is to convince us that the impossible is mundane. She shrugs her shoulders and sighs, or pretends to sigh. Charmed aficionados must serve these words. Love is uncomplicated and in good condition, after a little work.
726. There was one muggleborn in Hufflepuff that developed a strange habit of snatching food from the hands of Gryffindor students. When they were finally confronted about this behavior they simply said "Honey badgers have been known to steal food from lions. Honey badger doesn't give a shit it just takes what it wants." They then proceeded to snatch a pastry from the hand of a prefect and walk away.