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Free Beer

From: The Missouri Review
Volume 36, Number 2, 2013
p. 154 | 10.1353/mis.2013.0045

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I'm the one who can hold a mouthful of salt.
Bring him here, the fool dressed in prison stripes.
I can pray for him, even though his eyes are wild.
I can delouse the rat.

When I was a kid I invited them all to a puppet show.
There were no puppets; I'd planned no show.
Free beer, I said, and they came.

I've seen a puppet theater.
It resides in the black cavern behind my eyes.
Thoughts are puppets, dangling from their tangled strings.
Bring him here, the one spinning on gloom's rotisserie.

I'll section an orange for the wretched bastard.
I'll ladle him up a mugful of tears.
Free beer, I'll say, though there is no beer.

Diane Seuss  

"Here's what I can say: (1) Three out of four of these poems are shaped like a coffin or a door. (2) As a child, I lured adults to my puppet show by offering free beer. We didn't have the money for beer or puppets. I wasn't lying; I was imagining, which is a form of hope. (3) I can't get K's wedding dress out of my mind. Catholicism, tradition, parents, love[mdash>her dress was heavy with it, armored by it. It seemed the only way to find her body again would be to take scissors to that dress, a dangerous operation for both bride and groom. (4) That dress: I wanted to wear it; I wanted to be released from it. Thus, I desired junkies who were addicted to delirium. Delirium and desire, the counterbalance to meaning achieved via the conventional mind. (5) A poem believes it can pull the dying back from the precipice, the sinner from the sin. Indeed, a poem believes it can love the sinner and raise the dead. (6) Free beer for all, and a sip of blood plum cordial, though there is no cordial, there is no beer." Diane Seuss's second collection, Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open, received the Juniper Prize for Poetry and was published by the University of Massachusetts Press in 2010. Her poems and essays have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Ecotone and Mid-American Review, among others. Diane received the Cultural Center of Cape Cod Poetry Prize in 2011 and the Summer Literary Seminars Poetry Prize. She received a Pushcart Prize in 2012. Diane was the MacLean Distinguished Visiting Writer at Colorado College in fall 2012. She is Writer in Residence at Kalamazoo College in Michigan.

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Diane Seuss. "Oh no, it's one of those times, and: I snapped it over my knee like kindling, and: There's Some I Just Won't Let Die, and: Free Beer." The Missouri Review 36.2 (2013): 149-154. Project MUSE. Web. 22 Jul. 2014. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Seuss, D.(2013). Oh no, it's one of those times, and: I snapped it over my knee like kindling, and: There's Some I Just Won't Let Die, and: Free Beer. The Missouri Review 36(2), 149-154. University of Missouri. Retrieved July 22, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
Diane Seuss. "Oh no, it's one of those times, and: I snapped it over my knee like kindling, and: There's Some I Just Won't Let Die, and: Free Beer." The Missouri Review 36, no. 2 (2013): 149-154. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed July 22, 2014).
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