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dorothea grossman | 4 poems

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My grandmother,
who could never be called lovable,
did teach me something useful —
a terse, Yiddish fashion appraisal:
“It suits you
like earrings
on a kangaroo.”

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Two Reasons Why I Like Men

(1) The vulnerability of their legs
in shorts,
(2) The innocence of their bare chests
in August.

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Ernest Hemingway and Soren Kierkegaard
liked to write standing up at a podium.
I hear you ask, “Why?”
I do not know for sure,
but it must have been uncomfortable
after, say, 15 minutes,
which might explain
the darkness in their work,
or even why
nobody cares about them
anymore.

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Thanksgiving, 2009

All over the country,
at this moment,
people are making history
by telling little stories about their lives
to one or two interested listeners.

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