Tom Healy

(1961 / New York)

Tom Healy Poems

1. A Possum Entering the Argument 2/23/2016
2. Mirror, Mirror 2/23/2016

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Mirror, Mirror

What do we do when we hate our bodies?
A good coat helps.
Some know how to pull off a hat.

And there are paints, lighting, knives, needles,
various kinds of resignation,
the laugh in the mirror, the lie

of saying it doesn't matter.
There is also the company we keep:
surgeons and dermatologists,

faith healers and instruction-givers,
tailors of cashmere and skin
who send their bills for holding

our shame-red hands, raw
from the slipping rope,
the same hands with which we tremble

ever so slightly, holding novels in ...

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