Bernadette Mayer

(12 May 1945 - / Brooklyn / New York)

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Midwinter Day [excerpt]

I write this love as all transition
As if I'm in instinctual flight,
a small lady bug
With only two black dots on its back
Climbs like a blind turtle on my pen
And begins to drink ink in the light
of tradition
We're allowed to crowd love in
Like a significant myth
resting still on paper
I remember being bitten by a spider
It was like feeling what they call
the life of the mind
Stinging my thigh like ...

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I Was One Of The Skunks

i was one of the skunks
that lived in your bungalow
i was beautiful to behold but
you took me to the schodack cemetery
well, it was the nassau animal guy who did
& he was nowhere near as good looking as I

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