Chad Parenteau lives and works in the Boston area. He currently hosts and organizes the Stone Soup Poetry venue in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His latest chapbook is Discarded: Poems for My Apartments. more »
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First In A Series (For Sheryl)
The woman who cuts my hair
when you’d rather keep it long
told me once, to be more difficult,
that she and her boyfriend
never discuss old soul mates—even in passing—
unaware that she was condemning
our first week of phone calls,
as we validated to each other
why we had chosen to be alone,
before scrambling for a shared time and place.
Also condemned was my thesis of poems
you asked to read, a hardbound summary
of my life’s expectations
before they were overwhelmed that first night
as I ran to and from payphones
to call your cellular, only ...