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  • Fatherhood, Beginnings
  • Jason Tandon (bio)

Sometimes when I've been sitting ina different room for a whileI forget I have a child.

Then I wander into the humidified air,feel the softness of the blue rugbetween my toesand place my hand upon his rising chest.

What will I tell my sonwhen he asks if I am happy?All summer I mowed the lawn like my fatherin shorts and socks pulled taut to the knee. [End Page 150]

I want to tell the girl across the streetto quit smoking,to straighten her shoulders when she walks,to stop shuffling her feet.

Jason Tandon

Jason Tandon is the author of three collections of poetry: Give Over the Heckler and Everyone Gets Hurt (Black Lawrence P), winner of the 2006 St. Lawrence Book Award; Wee Hour Martyrdom (sunnyoutside); and Quality of Life (Black Lawrence P). He teaches in the writing program at Boston University.



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