I Was Just Frosted

By Susan Wheeler b. 1955 Susan Wheeler

     Thanks, Ray, this is just what the doctor ordered.
 
     No, you never see me have one with olives—your father likes
olives but I can’t stand them.
 
     No, cocktail onions are just picked small. Turn that down, Dan.
 
            Avocados, toothpicks. Coleus, root sprawl.
            The diffident glints of a late-day sun, rays
            splintered by leaves: they shake and, in their
            shaking, streak the light. Transparent murk
            of glasses at the glass.
 
     Would you move just one inch over? There. The light was in my eye.

Susan Wheeler, “I Was Just Frosted” from meme. Copyright © 2012 by Susan Wheeler. Reprinted by permission of University of Iowa Press.

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Poet Susan Wheeler b. 1955

Subjects Activities, Eating & Drinking, Relationships, Family & Ancestors, Home Life

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Poet and writer Susan Wheeler earned a BA at Bennington College and did graduate work in Art History at the University of Chicago. Her first poetry collection, Bag o' Diamonds (1993), won the Norma Faber First Book Award. The Village Voice Literary Supplement described that book as displaying limber intelligence and visual wit ... with influences including John Berryman, Wallace Stevens, John Ashbery, and the Language poets; . . .

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