Asking About You

By Eloise Klein Healy b. 1943 Eloise Klein Healy
Instead of having sex all the time I like to hold you and not get into some involved discussion of what life means. I want you to tell me something I don’t know about you. Something about the day before that photograph in which you’re standing on your head. I want to know about softball and the team picture. Why are you so little next to the others? Were you younger? Were you small as a girl? What I want most is to have been a girl with you and played on the opposite team so I could have liked you and competed against you at the same time.

Eloise Klein Healy, “Asking About You” from Passing. Copyright © 2002 by Eloise Klein Healy. Reprinted by permission of Red Hen Press.

Source: Passing (Red Hen Press, 2002)

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Poet Eloise Klein Healy b. 1943

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Subjects Living, Marriage & Companionship, Relationships, Men & Women, Social Commentaries, Gender & Sexuality

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Born in El Paso, Texas, Eloise Klein Healy grew up in rural Iowa. Healy's crisp, image- and narrative-driven poems often explore community, sexuality, and the nature of home. On the radio program Writers on Writing, Healy discussed her work’s attention to “the influence of place on people.” Addressing the role of the open-air California landscape and the details of daily life that often ground her poems, Healy noted, “The way . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Marriage & Companionship, Relationships, Men & Women, Social Commentaries, Gender & Sexuality

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Poetic Terms Prose Poem

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