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that you actually write a comparison with Eliot.
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topic" or "OT".
Years ago I got just a few messages a day other this list. Now email is used
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On Mon, 12 Aug 2013 08:42:10 -0400, Tom Colket <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>Date: Mon, 12 Aug 2013 04:55:05 -0700
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>Subject: Fw: Poem-A-Day: Conspiracy to Commit Larceny: A Recipe by Jennifer
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>The poet will forgive me but with due respect I must say this is fine but
it is not poetry.
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Poem-A-Day: Conspiracy to Commit Larceny: A
Recipe by Jennifer Militello
Mon, Aug 12, 2013 10:38:59 AM
Conspiracy to Commit Larceny: A Recipe
by Jennifer Militello
Take the man you think you love and his
fabulous lips. Take him from one place
to the next. Let him drive your car. Let him
drive it through the mood-crazed woods
until it overheats. Let the nights feed
from your eyes as you look at him. Do
not turn on the heat. Do not spill
the flavored oils of the heart. Do not
eat from the palm of your hand
a fluid ounce of what you may need.
Do something illegal. You only have to be
there when they bring the contraband in.
You only have to leave yourself behind.
The stars know. The police will prowl
your neighborhood until the plate number
matches and the car checks out.
When they bring you in, you
must remove your shoes and belt.
You must pretend there was no felony.
Then you must confess. Add your past,
a pinch of the rage you feel, and how
you sit until your father bursts in
and asks whether you have been arrested.
Add a mother who tells you she is
ashamed. An expensive lawyer. The way
you remember the taste of his kiss and
how real he was and how he would
drive dark roads at high speeds through
the back woods with the headlights off.
Remember what the stars see. And how
once it is over the lawyer will send
a letter saying he said you knew nothing,
saying he tried to keep you out of it,
though the police said he had given
you up as they made you say his name.
Copyright � 2013 by Jennifer Militello. Used with permission of the author.
About This Poem
"When I was eighteen, I was arrested for a crime I didn't know I had
committed. The result is a poem about risk, and about the complications that
come with being young. The experience ended up folded into a recipe for
falling in love with someone dangerous and then having your innocence be
even more dangerous to them."
Most Recent Book by Militello
>Body Thesaurus(Tupelo Press, 2013)
August 12, 2013
Jennifer Militello's second and most recent book of poems is Body Thesaurus
(Tupelo Press, 2013). Militello is the founding director of the creative
writing program at River Valley Community College. She lives in Goffstown,
Militello will be reading tomorrow night at the New York Public Library as
part of the Academy's Summer Reading Series.
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