Exercise 8 (12/4/00 AM)

By Catherine Wagner Catherine Wagner
Raise up your back like an insect on the face of the nation
He took Miss Mousie on his knee, O say
little mouse will you marry me?
Getting hair cut this morning illegally
I can’t afford it
Fourteen fifteen I depend on you and roiling unlap this morn
The mind refrigerated all night
Now to clarify the broth skim off the oil & swallow it is your oil
I must have it shorter so it grows longer in unison
A glory and stern grandeur, which men silently gazed on with wonder
    and tears

Catherine Wagner, “Exercise 8 (12/4/00 AM)” from My New Job, published by Fence Books. Copyright © 2009 by Catherine Wagner. Reprinted by permission of Catherine Wagner.

Source: My New Job (Fence Books, 2009)

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Poet Catherine Wagner

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Living, The Body, The Mind, Activities, Social Commentaries

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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Catherine Wagner’s collections of poems include Nervous Device (2012), My New Job (2009), Macular Hole (2004), Miss America (2001); and a dozen chapbooks, including Imitating (Leafe Press, 2004). She has performed widely in the U.S., England and Ireland; her poems and essays have appeared in Abraham Lincoln, Lana Turner, New American Writing, 1913, How2, Cambridge Literary Review, Soft Targets, Action, Yes, and other magazines. . . .

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SUBJECT Living, The Body, The Mind, Activities, Social Commentaries

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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