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There's Some I Just Won't Let Die

From: The Missouri Review
Volume 36, Number 2, 2013
p. 153 | 10.1353/mis.2013.0057

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I don't care how many times they reach out to their dead sister reach away I say you're not dying even if all that's left of them is a skull with one long silver hair sticking out of it some even all the way dead and I'm like a schoolmarm pulling a kid back into the classroom by the hem of her dress when she climbs out the window to run home to mama it's like I'm saying you sit in that chair and learn your times tables little miss back then a teacher could slap a kid when they needed to be slapped hard enough to leave a handprint oh no you don't I say and I hook my finger inside their mouth and pull out a clot like a blood plum the kind pops used to make into cordial but pops is gone and with him the recipe and the mystery of how he managed to get a bushel of blood plums in the middle of winter

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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