Watching the Oscars

Shallow—you say. I agree—Meaningless glitter.

Still, it is less ordinary 

than the laundry, the commuting of our suburban story.

Spiraling creamy gowns and upright tuxedoes pose; they story-

tell tonight. They glitter

like dewdropped calla lilies; their ordinary

selves dormant, rhizomes that burrow into ordinary

muck, compost detritus into story.

Their motion pictures flicker out from shadow, flashes of glitter,

drawing us to our reflection, our stories. See—they say—your ordinary glittering life.

Little Patuxent Review

Watching the Oscars was first published in Issue 23 of Little Patuxent Review in the winter of 2018

Mabel reading at Launch

See a video of me reading Watching the Oscars at the Launch of  Little Patuxent Review’s 23rd Issue on February 5, 2018

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