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  • Minnie’s Death
  • Gerald Costanzo (bio)

Mickey is sitting on a stool in The Crow’s Nest, a bar in L.A. He’s drinking a beer. He needs something stronger. He is suicidal. He never married her and now she’s dead. He can’t believe it. He’s reading her obituary in the Times: Minerva Mouse (1928–2016), in Hollywood. Daughter of the late Marcus Mouse and a late, unnamed mother. Loving aunt of twin nieces Millie Mouse and Melody Mouse. She is survived by her longtime significant other Mickey Mouse and her black- and-white kitten, Figaro, whom she found abandoned on Doheny Avenue. Mickey is beside himself. He asks the barkeep for a yellow No. 2 pencil. He is contemplating erasing his wrists. [End Page 67]

Gerald Costanzo

GERALD COSTANZO was educated at Harvard and received his M.A. from The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins in 1970. Since then he has been a professor at Carnegie Mellon University. His work has appeared in American Poetry Review, The Nation, The Georgia Review, and Ploughshares among many other magazines, and he has written and edited ten books of poetry.



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