Monthly Archives: January 2014

We Have This

I need to start again. To ponder how a year becomes a where, and not a when, let’s go back, like we from time to time agree to do, to 1956– I will have you, nail you down, carve you from … Continue reading

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Why Buy the Cow?: An Open Letter to the Full-Time Faculty of American Colleges and Universities

Dear Colleagues: It is Saturday night, and as I write this, my young son sleeps; there is a stack of at least 140 papers stuffed into my Jane Eyre tote bag—the seams that cinch the handles to the bag are … Continue reading

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Everything Seems Possible

Before the meal arrives, before the second glass of wine. Two husbands doting on two wives, and their single woman friend: kisses on the cheek, Platonic forms, tales of men in taverns, cavernous and cool, plotting as the pig’s head, … Continue reading

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Self-Portrait as a Meathead at the Gym

God, that mirror loves me, loves that woman’s ass in its hot pink tights, loves the lights that splinter and shine in the sheen of her sweat, my shirt, sleeveless, shredded, an ephod, iPod tucked into my shorts, coarse hair … Continue reading

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Devotional in Plain English

Here, in this square space, this cordoned tower, I pledge allegiance to the four Dominican baseball players slunked in the first four seats, blessed with their hanging curve balls, cursing the names of saints, bearing the names of dictators, living … Continue reading

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“And God spoke: don’t worry about ethics– this does not however mean you can behave like John McEnroe…” -Gary Shteyngart

As on the television, my big fat governor beats back another question in the form of the voice of a woman, like any other woman, just trying to inch past when no one looks, to squeeze her way through. Sometimes, if … Continue reading

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I Will Blow This Poem Up

With a fire in the belly stitched from stars who might, who knows, begin or end it, always these decisions– Happy New Year, this is the first verse who’s made it to paper today, the third penned in my head– … Continue reading

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