She’s a Pill

By Susan Wheeler b. 1955 Susan Wheeler

            Oh, dangling long sleeves in the Mercurochrome.
            Parking her punch on her knees.
 
     I’m not a joiner.
 
            In the night, a visitation, small as a thumb,
            enters the sealed house and ascends.
 
     Mother wouldn’t have stood for that long. Drippy-drooping around
on heels. Leaving the blue cheese out.

Susan Wheeler, “She’s a Pill” from meme. Copyright © 2012 by Susan Wheeler. Reprinted by permission of University of Iowa Press.

Source: meme (University of Iowa Press, 2012)

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Poet Susan Wheeler b. 1955

Subjects Relationships, Home Life, Arts & Sciences, Language & Linguistics

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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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