gershon hepner

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Girl Who Won'T Take Off Her Clothes - Poem by gershon hepner

A girl who won’t take off her clothes
for guys who do not read the sort
of books that basically she loathes
is not the type a smart one one ought
to try to get into one’s bed.
A girl like this will criticize
all thoughts that come into your head,
including those that you disguise,
for she will read between the lines,
instead of sticking to the covers;
don’t make at girls like these beelines,
be happy that you won’t be lovers.
If you should you take her on hot dates,
the love you make will be reviewed
by her, like all your books she hates,
for attitude and longitude.
Your style, so different from her own.
this girl will not appreciate,
and even if you hear her moan,
it will not mean she thinks you’re great.
You will not have to read her lips
to find out that she thinks that you
must be remaindered; if she strips
for you, ignore her like a bad review.


Rachel Donadio writes about relationships with mean who have bad taste in books (“It’s Not You, It’s Your Books, ” NYT, March 30,2008) :

Let’s face it — this may be a gender issue. Brainy women are probably more sensitive to literary deal breakers than are brainy men. (Rare is the guy who’d throw a pretty girl out of bed for revealing her imperfect taste in books.) After all, women read more, especially when it comes to fiction. “It’s really great if you find a guy that reads, period, ” said Beverly West, an author of “Bibliotherapy: The Girl’s Guide to Books for Every Phase of Our Lives.” Jessa Crispin, a blogger at the literary site Bookslut.com, agrees. “Most of my friends and men in my life are nonreaders, ” she said, but “now that you mention it, if I went over to a man’s house and there were those books about life’s lessons learned from dogs, I would probably keep my clothes on.”Still, to some reading men, literary taste does matter. “I’ve broken up with girls saying, ‘She doesn’t read, we had nothing to talk about, ’” said Christian Lorentzen, an editor at Harper’s. Lorentzen recalls giving one girlfriend Nabokov’s “Ada” — since it’s “funny and long and very heterosexual, even though I guess incest is at its core.” The relationship didn’t last, but now, he added, “I think it’s on her Friendster profile as her favorite book.”



3/30/08


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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 31, 2008

Poem Edited: Sunday, October 26, 2008


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