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miss_american_pie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-27-09 11:24 AM
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My last poem thread Saturday 6/27/09
Hi lounge! :hi:

Retro gets back home from New York tonight, so this is it for me.




Good Girl


by Kim Addonizio


Look at you, sitting there being good.
After two years you're still dying for a cigarette.
And not drinking on weekdays, who thought that one up?
Don't you want to run to the corner right now
for a fifth of vodka and have it with cranberry juice
and a nice lemon slice, wouldn't the backyard
that you're so sick of staring out into
look better then, the tidy yard your landlord tends
day and night the fence with its fresh coat of paint,
the ash-free barbeque, the patio swept clean of small twigs
don't you want to mess it all up, to roll around
like a dog in his flowerbeds? Aren't you a dog anyway,
always groveling for love and begging to be petted?
You ought to get into the garbage and lick the insides
of the can, the greasy wrappers, the picked-over bones,
you ought to drive your snout into the coffee grounds.
Ah, coffee! Why not gulp some down with four cigarettes
and then blast naked into the streets, and leap on the first
beautiful man you find? The words Ruin me, haven't they
been jailed in your throat for forty years, isn't it time
you set them loose in slutty dresses and torn fishnets
to totter around in five-inch heels and slutty mascara?
Sure it's time. You've rolled over long enough.
Forty, forty-one. At the end of all this
there's one lousy biscuit, and it tastes like dirt.
So get going. Listen: they're howling for you now:
up and down the block your neighbors' dogs
burst into frenzied barking and won't shut up.
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-27-09 11:54 AM
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1. My dear miss_american_pie!
Wow! Kim Addonizio is one hell of a writer! I love her stuff...so bold, so out there.

Thank you for holding down the fort...

:hi:
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miss_american_pie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-27-09 11:58 AM
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2. Thank you
Have you read her novels? I'm not such a fan of her fiction, but it's still entertaining.

:hi:
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-27-09 12:00 PM
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3. I haven't...
Just her book "Ordinary Genius." It really opened my eyes to what I could do, poetically...Retro recommended it to me!

:hi:
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miss_american_pie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-27-09 12:02 PM
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4. Yeah, I have a copy of that
Steve Kowit has a really good craft book if you're interested. And the one Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux wrote together is really very good, if a bit more technically challenging.
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-27-09 12:06 PM
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5. Thanks!
Do you have the titles? If not, no biggie...

:hi:
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miss_american_pie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-27-09 12:08 PM
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6. My memory isn't what it used to be
I think his is "In the palm of your hand..." Totally drawing a blank on the other.
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Chorophyll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-27-09 12:22 PM
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7. Thank you!
I love this one. :hi:
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miss_american_pie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-27-09 12:24 PM
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8. You're welcome
Thanks for reading. :hi:
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miss_american_pie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-27-09 12:24 PM
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9. Dupe
Edited on Sat Jun-27-09 12:24 PM by miss_american_pie
:hi:
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