Friday, December 11th, 2009...7:52 pm

dorothea grossman | four poems

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My grandmother,
who could never be called lovable,
did teach me something useful –
a terse, Yiddish fashion appraisal:
“It suits you
like earrings
on a kangaroo.”

Two Reasons Why I Like Men

(1) The vulnerability of their legs
in shorts,
(2) The innocence of their bare chests
in August.

Ernest Hemingway and Soren Kierkegaard
liked to write standing up at a podium.
I hear you ask, “Why?”
I do not know for sure,
but it must have been uncomfortable
after, say, 15 minutes,
which might explain
the darkness in their work,
or even why
nobody cares about them
anymore.

Thanksgiving, 2009

All over the country,
at this moment,
people are making history
by telling little stories about their lives
to one or two interested listeners.


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