Two and Two
Selected and New Poems
Publication Year: 2005
Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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Noah and Joan
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...in her sensible slacks and hiking boots. She was good with swords...
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...my check wouldn’t clear for another two days and I had two tokensand a can of tuna at home and an old roll which wouldn’t be so badif I warmed it up in the oven and there was some cheese they let me take homefrom the graduate student reading except my roommate had already eatenmost of it he was pretty good about not touching my stuff but I guess he knew...
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The Problem with Woody Allen
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Allen’s latest film treatment—he’s starring in his films again,...
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...me to drink!” “That’s enough,” their father replied, hum-house, I think I’d remember!” Jane’s father’s voice swoops.He reminds Jane that Fred was a good son, a boy scout. The BirdsI’m a bitch. I’m a lover. I’m a child. I’m a mother . . ....
Napping on the Afternoon of My Thirty-ninth Birthday
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A man sits between my husband and me at the movies, then puts his hand on mybreast and says, “Let’s go.” I say, “Excuse me, I’m here with my husband . . .” But myhusband hushes me and points to the screen. The man says, “Your wife and I willmeet you in the lobby,” and without looking up, my husband says, “OK.” The manpushes me against the wall—he has some kind of coarse beard and his pubic hair is all...
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Each woman with wings is Lady Luck 13, and the three of you equal thirty-nine“Coarse” meaning “intercoarse,” a coarse, unpleasant penetration.This is all a fantasy, as the set-up scene is in a movie. In a dream, you basically star inYou want to embarrass yourself by telling this dream. You want to take confessionalAn aspect of your personality is expressed by each of the people in your dream—you...
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An apple-pie Americano—attaboy!—got the ax for being asleep at the switch and back-talking his backasswords ball-busting boss. Though our Americano was a bit ofa blowhard, he wasn’t a bad egg. His being bagged by his boss made him feel likehe had belly-flopped in his birthday suit. Basically, he was over a barrel, with thebejesus knocked out of him, and no matter how hard he beat his brains out, he...
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I am damn unsatisfied to be killed in this way, I can tell you thatI’d have a chance to say goodbye to my friends. Instead, you twirlDamn, I’ll burn you into a BBQ chicken if you don’t stop yourYou are sick, I hope you know that. A normal person wouldn’t stealHa! You think those glands will really make you rich? Only I know...
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If you accidentally swallow this poem, contact a poison control center immediately.If you consume three or more alcoholic drinks every day, consult your doctor beforeThis poem is not for use with the browning unit of your conventional oven.Do not put this poem into the rectum by using fingers or any mechanical device orIf symptoms persist for more than seven days, discontinue reading this poem and...
Love Which Took Its Symmetry for Granted
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I was fidgeting with the radio dials. On Tuesdays this semester, Nick drops me of at FIUearly and heads south, then picks me up after his second class at University of Miami. Wewere driving to work when we heard about the first plane going into one of the Twin Tow-ers. I still thought it was a small plane, some horrible accident. Nick was running late, so Ihopped out of the car while the announcer was explaining what she was seeing. I always...
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...her crown of hair caught in the steps. Flung pails, a bloodfall....
Möbius Strip: Forgetfulness
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The Dairy Association’s huge success with the campaign “Got Milk?” prompted them toexpand advertising to Mexico. It was soon brought to their attention that the Spanish trans-lation read, “Are you lactating?” This worries me because I am in Spain and my periodis over a week late. Café con leche descafienado con sacarina, por favor. You’re not sup-posed to have swordfish when you’re pregnant, so I order it. My body refuses to give...
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...as long as the betrayed woman uses her bare hands to kill her husband.but the gynecologist must only look at a woman’s genitals in a mirror.The gynecologist must only look at a woman’s genitals in a mirrorIt is illegal to have sex with a mother and her daughter at the same time.a woman’s mother must be in the room to witness her daughter’s deflowering,...
from Mille et un sentiments
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...2. I feel as though when I try to explain myself, I’m even less understood.3. I feel excited by the thought of a tree crashing down right in front of me so that7. I feel silly admitting that I don’t know the governor’s name.8. I feel ashamed that I don’t know the capitals of certain states.9. I feel like banging a hammer into her solar plexus when she whines....
Möbius Strip: Love Sex Food Death
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A few years later, we found a bunch of old fingernail clippings inside his fancy clipper.The clipper was like a pencil sharpener that kept all the shavings inside a case so theperson clipping wouldn’t have to put a newspaper under his hands or feet. The nailbits curled like cheap yellow noodles, like bits of Ramen that fall to the bottom of theplastic package they come in. They smelled like a mixture of hospital death and belly-...
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Duhamel (1961–2061) was born in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. A pupil of Lux, Valen-tine, and Burkard, her poems had a sense of volume that was indicative of the postmodern lit-erature of her era. She was one of the first to produce frescos made entirely of words. Whileseveral critics of her time found her work “chatty” and “easily forgotten,” Duhamel herselfhad hoped her poetry was of “an intensely human significance.” Her most famous fresco cycle...
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Grateful acknowledgment is made to the editors and staff members of the magazinesin which work from Two and Two, sometimes in slightly different form, first appeared:Artful Dodge (“Möbius Strip: Love Sex Food Death”); Barrow Street (“Incest Taboo”);Black Warrior Review (“Beneficiary,” under the title “Epilogue”); Bryant LiteraryReview (“Our Americano”); Chelsea (“The Problem with Woody Allen”); Chiron...
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Page Count: 112
Publication Year: 2005
Series Title: Pitt Poetry Series
Series Editor Byline: Ed Ochester