Summer 2010 • Vol. XXXII No. 3 PoetryJuly 1, 2010 |

Appeal to the Self

Have the dowagers of delusion visited you again in their fat pink shoes, creeping softly over the Persian rugs of your creaking boarded mind? It's time to get up and air the room. Once you were an explorer, now you are Elizabeth Barrett, only stupider and more prone to TV-watching. Outside, cell phones buzz like digital cicadas, and the air green, green. But you have come up here to rave inside the tower you call a brain. You might as well be daubed in mud and growing feathers. No one will ever notice the difference between what you say and what you mean. What you lost, as a teenager in America, schooled to be ambitious, is what everybody else lost, the boy who first screwed you on a rug some way you can't quite remember. Who are you to mourn it? There's the rub: the plain old human emotions have become "clichéd." But they still exist. That boy is an actor now, proclaiming grief for art and money. The losses are yours to live with and embrace. So come sing with me and be my love, t

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Meghan O’Rourke, a poet and essayist, is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Sun In Days. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and two Pushcart Prizes, she teaches in the writing programs at NYU and Princeton.

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