Colleen J. McElroy

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Colleen J. McElroy (born 1935 St. Louis, Missouri) is an American poet, short story writer, editor, memoirist.

She graduated from Kansas State University (1958) and from the University of Washington with a Ph.D. (1973). She is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington. She lives in Seattle, Washington. more »

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Lothar's Wife

he's only a smart-ass when he's home
with Mandrake
he's silent and obedient as a snail
his bald pate bowing into the cape's
trail and dreaming
of tales he'll bore me with
his one night home

once a month
that's what I get like clockwork
and always on the full moon
half my allowance he reserves
for sheets, tearing them with his teeth
to vent the forced silence
of those other twenty-odd days

did I say odd
it's that one day that's odd
his coming home full of half-tricks
he's picked up from the master
the hypnotic hunger
he so ...

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