Spring 1980 • Vol. II No. 2 Poetry |

Mrs Applebaum’s Sunday Dance Class

Her red pump tapping, her ankle-length gown slit at the knee, Mrs Applebaum lined us up while her husband tuned his piano, his bald head shining under the Temple's big bay windows. I can see it all again, the girls' shy smiles, the boys' faces scrubbed bright as strawberries, 200 fingers crazy with anticipation, the bowing & curtsying rehearsed to a nervous perfection by Mrs Applebaum's high German class, oh it isn't hard to envision Sarah Rosen, her bourbon curls tied in a ponytail, stepping forward like an infant swan to choose that clod Charlie Krieger, while smiling at me! Call it first intimation of splendor, call it darker knowledge, but can't you see us, twenty dwarfs colliding, Sunday after Sunday, until, miraculously, a flourish here, a pivot there, suddenly Davie Stein dipping Suzie Fein to Mrs Applebaum's shrill, "Und vonce agunn, voys und gurdles!" Oh Mrs Applebaum, who could've guessed our wild shoving would be the start of so much furor? You must've known there

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PHILIP SCHULTZ’s latest books are Living in the Past (Harcourt, 2004) and The Holy Worm of Praise (Harcourt, 2002). He founded and directs the Writers Studio in New York City and lives in East Hampton.

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