Fall 2005 • Vol. XXVII No. 4 PoetryOctober 1, 2005 |

Gal Noir

         oh Lana Turner we love you get up            —Frank O'Hara, Poem   Nothing familiar, nothing sugarcoatable, I left the hospital board of managers reception a little drunk. Not drunk—on two Camparis and a lager?—a little warmed and silly-feeling, saying things I should have known not to say. It seems the nurses are all fond of discussing the murders: the greasy river, the bloody wrench, the dog pound, the grave in the woods, the beautiful Cuban, Marina, a class act; the chop shop with its giant car crusher Toots the tow truck driver calls "My Uncle Vinnie— takes care of difficult problems," with a pointed leer. All that segued on my leaving into the ugly mood of the crowd pressing at the entrance as the bigs and I went through the automatic door. Who could blame them? They wanted answers. Me too. But the drinks made me panicky, sluggish narcotized panic. I turned up the collar of the knockoff Burberry

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