A brief poem so resonant in Eliot's context.

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sugar is smoking
by Jason Schneiderman

it's amazing how death
is always around the corner,
or not even so far away 
as that, hiding in the little pleasures
that some of us would go
so far as to say 
are the only things 
keeping us alive 



Copyright 2013 by Jason Schneiderman. Used with permission of the author.
About This Poem

"When I wrote this, I was thinking about how a coping mechanism can outlast the trauma you have to cope with, and how any accomplishment also contains a seed of self-destruction. I recommend pairing this poem with a chilled glass of Sutter Home Moscato, followed by the Pet Shop Boys song 'Was it Worth It?' The poem is dedicated to Mark Bittman.

--Jason Schneiderman
Poetry by Schneiderman

Striking Surface (Ashland Poetry Press, 2010)


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May 22, 2013

Jason Schneiderman is the author of two books of poetry including, Striking Surface (Ashland Poetry Press, 2010). He directs the Writing Center at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.
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