Spring 1996 • Vol. XVIII No. 2 PoetryApril 1, 1996 |

Past Naming

Now what do I call you? Pisser in the Empty Handy Coffee Can, Liner Upper of Chisels, Old-Country Fireball Tomato Man? I have not talked with you for so long, Grandfather Clock with a Picture of a Bluebird in the Glass.   Pirogi Pirate Possum Gitchie Head of the Table Hero, where now is your refusal to talk about wars and silver stars? Where is it? the Ukrainian you wouldn't speak, the Polish?   Your mama cooked the schquatki, you climbed the stool and watched minced fat render and disappear, the onions deepen their color to a black caramel. The streets in Warsaw boiled   with the dead, and the hungry enough to be dead, and that's the way you stayed, Slavic Cabbage-Headed God of My Unborn Life, and that's the way I came to have you.   Wizard of Hay-Stiff Bitter Strawberries I am your handful of blisters and lime, and I am stepping dully with you into the weedy edges where something rotten is more red than I imagine.   O Pardoner of Slugs, Hoarder of Eggsh

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Theodore Worozbyt is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, and the Georgia Council for the Arts. His most recent books are The Rhino Narrative (Cyberwit Press, 2023), Echo’s Recipe (Cyberwit Press, 2022), and Tuesday Marriage Death (Unsolicited Press, 2022). Worozbyt teaches at Georgia State University.

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