Ambulating in one’s mind with the letter A. Amen: not closure but confirmation. Answer: Yes. Ant: destroyer and restorer. Argentina: a nightmare from which Borges awoke. Auden: “His thoughts pottered/ from verses to sex to God/ without punctuation.” Avenue: leaves April for dead. Awesome: overused, overrated, over it. Aardvark: not a rodent, or a pig, some kind of elephant. Acrobat: how do they do it? Activate: that part of the brain that was leaning on its spade. A-Lister: often Alister, implies Z-Listers, the ones in the gutter with the face of Christ. Allusion: a grammatical illusion. Alternative: the new mainstream.