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Thomas Fink & Maya Diablo Mason



I CAN SEE WHY KIDS DON’T BRING THEIR PARENTS HERE


The policeman declared your art
illegal. Who wants a nipple
or a green moustache dangling over
their fireplace? Any purchaser

of fat portraits gets ethically
anorexic. Bodily
hairs are kept freshest

undiscussed. Some remain
in naked bathrobe
or confound the wedding
gown with a birthday tux.




THANKS, MARY


Times are gruff.

The Virgin lent
her turkey baster.

After birthing triplets in the Laundromat,

one selects
two, at most.

Thanks, Mary.

When you rip the cord out of the wall,
the machine

continues.




Thomas Fink is the author of eight books of poetry, including Joyride (Marsh Hawk Press, 2013) and a book of collaborative poetry with Maya Diablo Mason, Autopsy Turvy (Meritage Press, 2010), as well as four chapbooks. His work appears in The Best American Poetry 2007 (Scribner’s). “A Different Sense of Power”: Problems of Community in Late-Twentieth Century Poetry (Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2001) is his most recent book of criticism. He co-edited Reading the Difficulties: Dialogues with Contemporary Innovative American Poetry (U of Alabama P, 2014). His paintings hang in various collections. Fink is Professor of English at CUNY-LaGuardia.


Maya Diablo Mason, co-author of Autopsy Turvy (Meritage Press, 2010) with Thomas Fink, was published in The First Hay(na)ku Anthology (Meritage, 2006) and her collaborative work has appeared in Otoliths, 21 Stars Review, BlazeVox, Of(f) Course, Long Island Sounds Anthology 2008 and 2009, Marsh Hawk Review, and EOAGH. She is a student at Brown University majoring in English and Visual Arts.
 
 
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