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a poem from [info]aloitious

Useful Advice

You're 37?  Don't you think that maybe

It's time you settled down and had a baby?

No wine?  Does this mean happy news?  I knew it!

Hey, are you sure you two know how to do it?

All Dennis has to do is look at me

And I'm knocked up.  Some things aren't meant to be.

It's sad, but try to see this as God's will.

I've heard that sometimes when you take the Pill—

A friend of mine got pregnant when she stopped

Working so hard.  Why don't you two adopt?

You'll have one of your own then, like my niece.

At work I heard about this herb from Greece

My sister swears by dong quai.  Want to try it?

Forget the high-tech stuff.  Just change your diet.

It’s true!  Too much caffeine can make you sterile.

Yoga is good for that.  My cousin Carol—

They have these ceremonies in Peru

You mind my asking, is it him or you?

Have you tried acupuncture?  Meditation?

It’s in your head.  Relax!  Take a vacation

And have some fun.  You think too much.  Stop trying.

Did I say something wrong?  Why are you crying?


Catherine Tufariello

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If a body is what you want,

then here is bone and gristle and flesh.

Here is the clavicle-snapped wish,

the aorta's opened valves, the leap

thought makes at the synaptic gap.

Here is the adrenaline rush you crave,

that inexorable flight, that insane puncture

into heat and blood. And I dare you to finish

what you've started. Because here, Bullet,

here is where I complete the word you bring

hissing through the air, here is where I moan

the barrel's cold esophagus, triggering

my tongue's explosives for the rifling I have

inside of me, each twist of the round

spun deeper, because here, Bullet,

here is where the world ends, every time. 

(Brian Turner is a poet and a soldier, recently published and recently returned from Iraq)


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September 2014

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