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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-09-08 09:21 AM
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The RetroLounge Daily Poem Thread (Sat 8/9/2008) CAUTION! 'C' Word Warning!!!
I Knew Id Sing

A few sashay, a few finagle.
Some make whoopee, some
make good. But most make
diddley-squat. I tell you this

is what I love about
America The words it puts
in my mouth. The mouth where once
my mother rubbed

a word away with soap. The word
was cunt. She stuck that bar
of family-size in there
until there was no hole to speak of,

so she hoped. But still
Im full of it the cunt,
the prick, short u, short i
the words that stood

for her and him. I loved the thing
they must have done, the love they must
have made, to make
an example of me. After my lunch of Ivory I said

vagina for a day or two, but knew
from that day forth which word
struck home like sex itself. I knew
when I was big Id sing

a song in praise of cunt Id want
to keep my word, the one with teeth in it.
Forevermore (and even after I was raised) I swore

Nothing but nothing would be beneath me.

Heather McHugh

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Heather McHugh was born to Canadian parents in San Diego, California, in 1948. She was raised in Virginia and educated at Harvard University. Her books of poetry include Eyeshot (Wesleyan University Press, 2004), which was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize; The Father of Predicaments (2001); Hinge & Sign: Poems 1968-1993 (1994), a finalist for the National Book Award and named a "Notable Book of the Year" by the New York Times Book Review; Shades (1988); To the Quick (1987); A World of Difference (1981); and Dangers (1977).

She is also the author of literary essays entitled Broken English: Poetry and Partiality (1993), and three books of translation: Glottal Stop: Poems of Paul Celan (with Nikolai Popov, 2001), winner of the Griffin International Poetry Prize; Because the Sea is Black: Poems of Blaga Dimitrova (with Niko Boris, 1989); and D'aprs tout: Poems by Jean Follain (1981).

Her honors include two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest Award, a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, and, in 2006, one of the first United States Artists awards. From 1999 to 2006 she served as a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets, and in 2000 was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. For over 20 years, she has served as a visiting faculty member in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, and since 1984 as Milliman Writer-in-Residence at the University of Washington in Seattle.


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:hi:

RL
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Haole Girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-09-08 09:27 AM
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1. lol!
I enjoyed that. Especially since I once had my mouth washed with Ivory soap by my mother. And, no, it didn't taste good! ;-)
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-09-08 09:38 AM
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2. I think having your mouth washed out with Ivory
is a common bond between all of us...

:rofl:

Tastes gross!

:hi:

RL
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-09-08 10:12 AM
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4. Hmmm. "Tastes gross, more filling!" Let's be glad Ivory isn't a brand of beer...
:beer:

:evilgrin:
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Gonzo Gardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-09-08 10:12 AM
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5. Ivory tastes much better than Irish Spring!
:P
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-09-08 02:27 PM
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9. Irish Spring is like Menthol Cigarettes
:D

RL
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Gonzo Gardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-09-08 10:09 AM
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3. Ah, Heather McCain!
:rofl:

:hi:
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-09-08 12:25 PM
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8. You Silly...
:D

RL
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-09-08 11:24 AM
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6. 
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-09-08 12:25 PM
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7. I need to find more by her...
I think lizziegrace has one of her books and told me it was really good...

:hi:

RL
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lizziegrace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-09-08 11:43 PM
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10. I do have one of her books
Hinge and Sign

Hisownpetard sent it to me with strict instructions to read "From 20,000 Feet". It changed the way I look at life. She told me it changed hers.

:hi:
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-10-08 06:32 PM
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11. That's enough of a rec for me...
thanks!

:hi:

RL
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