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Are You Useful to Anyone?

By (October 1, 2014) No Comment

I’m drowning silverfish
in hot water baths when
instead I could be raising
the world’s most eligible
infant. Yew fucken betch
the man sitting in the center
of the sidewalk hollers.
I hear wasted uterus, dumb
fat flamingo
. My uncle Danny
sends money each month
to a teenager in Kenya
who now has three goats
named Little Danny. O to be
a human who can produce
a list of artistic influences.
O to enter the 24-hour
CVS and somehow resist
the lurid aroma of apologia.
My waking life is my ancestor’s
revenge fantasy so I smile
as I pay the electric bill.

Nicole Steinberg is the author of Getting Lucky (Spooky Girlfriend Press, 2013) and two chapbooks available in 2014: Undressing from dancing girl press and Clever Little Gang, winner of the Furniture Press 4X4 Chapbook Award. Her other publications include Forgotten Borough: Writers Come to Terms with Queens (SUNY Press, 2011) and Birds of Tokyo (dancing girl press, 2011). She’s the founder of the EARSHOT reading series, based in Brooklyn, NY, and she lives in Philadelphia.