Montauk (in response to lines by A. R. Ammons)


her joy
was rotting fish heads
& it would cost
my calf muscles
as much as
a broken-field runner
to get to
where she could find them
in the accidental vise grip
of rocks
and rusting iron
beyond the last pier
& no matter how much
I towelled and rinsed
her muzzle afterwards
she would reek
of death and brine
for days –
but you either
love your dog
or you don’t


turned in
by the bayshore
and parked,
the crosswind
hitting me hard
side the head,
the bay scrappy
and working:
what a
way to read
Williams! till
a woman came
and turned
her red dog loose
to sniff
(and piss
the dead horseshoe

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Morning Commute by Ally Malinenko

Your One Phone Call

Hey, he says,
you look like my wife.
You Indian?
Hey, he says,
You Indian?
Let me show you a picture of my wife.
Look at that.
Ain’t she gorgeous?
She looks Indian.
But she’s a Puerto Rican.
Isn’t that funny.
I was so excited.
Thought I bagged me an Indian
or a Pakistani
and then she tells me
No man, I’m Puerto Rican.
Close enough, right?
She’s still beautiful, right?
Like you.
I gotta say, I think you’re the most beautiful thing
on this train.
I mean, look at you.
Like my wife.
What’s your name?
Oh, Dasha.
Like with a D.
That’s very exotic.
I like that.
You’re Indian?
Yeah, that’s what I thought.
Dasha, I’m Anthony.
I gotta tell you,
you’re the most beautiful thing
on this train.
I’m not bothering you, right?
I mean, you got a book.
I can…

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