Question & Answer 1 – Maureen Miller

Question 1

Have you ever disappeared?
I burnt my phone card,
……..rid myself of:
…………….MK,
…………….AM,
…………….Japanese clothing store dismissals,
…………….Transatlantic screams,
…………….Apartments I never wanted,
…………….Careers I couldn’t afford,
…………….Espressos and Ristrettos and Americano,
…………….rejection letters from:
…………………………..Journals,
…………………………..Magazines,
…………………………..Job Interviews,
…………………………..Universities,
…………….Parasomnias,
…………….All day forcing booze,
…………….Stolen sofas,
…………….SA80,
…………….TR13RA:
……………………Gary at TR152ET,
……………………the 1st, 2nd, 3rd affairs,
……………………ceilings – dropped,
……………………stairs – Pikatrapp,
…………….Coalition governments,
…………….Faslane,
…………….Helensburgh,
…………….Redruth,
…………….Truro,
…………….St Austell,
…………….Plymouth,
…………….Never home,
…………….Never home,
…………….Never home.

– Aaron Kent

Answer 1

For Hannah Frank

going on as Goose was wont to do
is to be left to one’s own devices

and ohh was she sent from one

……..HNNH
…………….(uhm)

……………………HN,
……………………NH,

……..WOMAN
…………….(ungh)

……………………wonking about who knows what,
……………………or to what effect, e.g. “tell jokes w/threes in twos,”
……………………plus record store dismissals, recs I never wanted,
……………………references I couldn’t lord, Eisenstein and Akerman,
……………………and never heard of that man, or see more in comments

……………………Paltrow saying “Hoboken” over and over again, for ~10 mins.

…………………………..… hnnh?

…………………………..(unbelievable HMF)

……..the things you said: all day, wordplay,
……..the ganders at whose flesh was cooking
……..last clauses – dropped, lost causes – copped,
……..the hyperacusis for who was pandering

…………….and suddenly a notification:

…………….GOOSE.
…………….FLED.
…………….COOP.

I was coasting and the kowtows
to you in this poem form
started you-ing in 33’s
(you were, of course, punning)
in a hurry to release

I went for a dunk off the headboard
and shattered every ounce of self-respect
just embarrassing myself, goosefeathers
errywhere, all over the damn place,
looseygoosey disgracefest, never actually

…………….writing to this all too sudden
…………….vamoose of yours !

……………………Your X-treme vetted
……………………gosling go-betweens
……………………stomped up five stairflights
……………………tracking shorn plumes
……………………on pilgrimage to that crowded
……………………house of yours In Hoboken.

……………………Welcome home, palindrome.

……………………Your dream is not over.
……………………We’ve fallen,
……………………but you won’t get up.

– Maureen Miller

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