Donna Masini

(Brooklyn, New York)

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Donna Masini is a poet and novelist who was born in Brooklyn and lives in New York City.

She graduated from Hunter College and New York University. Her work frequently deals with urban life and the working-class. Her first book of poems, That Kind of Danger, received the Barnard Women Poet’s Prize, chosen by Mona Van Duyn. In addition, she has received a National Endowment for the Arts ... more »

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It's like ants
and more ants.

West, east
their little axes

hack and tease.
Your sins. Your back taxes.

This is your Etna,
your senate

of dread, at the axis
of reason, your taxi

to hell. You see
your past tense—

and next? A nest
of jittery ties.

You're ill at ease,
at sea,

almost in-
sane. You've eaten

your saints.
You pray to your sins.

Even sex
is no exit.

Ah, you exist.

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