A Poem by Linda Bamber


Today's selection from Black Sparrow Books and David R. Godine, Publisher, is from Linda Bamber's Metropolitan Tang, published in 2008.





Some men


you give them a little wine, a little sex

a little critique of their most

basic personality issues and also

of the pornographically photographed sailboat

they currently think would vault them,

if they owned it,

to a whole new level of happiness


(which it wouldn't, not with that lopsided



and they're done. They bury their head in your midriff


"I know you! I know what a pain in the neck you are!"


Is there anything not to like about men like that?

Exactly what?

Tell me, because I don't see it.



Linda Bamber, "Beginning" from Metropolitan Tang. Copyright © (2008) by Linda Bamber.

Reprinted with the permission of Black Sparrow Books and David R. Godine, Publisher, Boston.


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