Let Us Let us begin with the stained mahogany armoire, dating to the 1860s, purchased by one J. Alfred Fiegel, New York, banker, investor, family man. Let us notice the attention to detail: etched, curving leaves; recessed, patterned sunburst circles; masterful woodwork, masterfully conceived and executed. And don’t mind the dust that has accumulated within
Recipe for Curing Meat Ingredients: One middle-aged body, pre-seasoned One small polyp, free-range One four-ounce plastic and titanium Chemo port Two liters sub-lethal chemicals Oxycodone Remove polyp from inside cavity. Note number of unusual cells. Discard. Draw blood. Strip body. Slice open chest and insert chemo port. Run tube from port to heart. Sew incision.
The Tightrope Walker For a time in my twenties I stole things. Not anything that was actually for sale; I had my standards. But tips that other people left on bars, restaurant silverware, sugar packets, samples of eye cream at makeup counters, rolls of toilet paper were all fair game. I picked flowers from my
Problems Two young women in a tea parlor, B and C. They are cousins, one month apart. As children they shared peaches at the shore, stole quarters for skeeball, capsized sailboats and voodooed baby dolls, terrorized the lunch counter at Woolworth’s, drank beer. Kissed boys at camp dances, college clubs, church altars. C is pregnant.
David Trinidad is the editor of A Fast Life: The Collected Poems of Tim Dlugos (Nightboat Books, 2011). His most recent book is Dear Prudence: New & Selected Poems (Turtle Point Press, 2011). He lives in Chicago, where he teaches at Columbia College. Recently, Trinidad discussed collaboration, influence, and craft with Andrew Terhune. Andrew Terhune: