Robinson Escapes to the Cape for Independence Day

By Kathleen Rooney Kathleen Rooney
O little-know facts—how Robinson attracts them!
 
Pilgrims rocked ashore here, before Plymouth Rock.
 
The word scrimshaw is of unknown origin.
 
The stock name of the archaic two-lane main road? Route 6A. Really
it’s Old King’s Highway.
 
Some facts are useless: the paper bag was invented in Dennis.
 
Some facts are not: Wellfleet’s town clock sings out ship’s time.
 
19th century Americans observed only three holidays. The Fourth of
July was one.
 
O witty aperçus—how Robinson accrues them!
 
Good food is self-made, like a good millionaire.
 
Don’t just do something. Stand there.
 
It’s got to be the weekend somewhere.
 
Robinson is crisp & perspicuous. His wife stands next to him on the
sand.
 
Democracy could be a lot more sexy if . . . this one fades in the rockets’
red glare.
 
Ann blushes, runs a hand through his hair.
 
Robinson looks up, concussed.
 
Fireworks percuss.

Kathleen Rooney, “Robinson Escapes to the Cape for Independence Day” from Robinson Alone. Copyright © 2012 by Kathleen Rooney. Reprinted by permission of Gold Wake Press.

Source: Robinson Alone (Gold Wake Press, 2012)

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Subjects Living, The Mind, Social Commentaries, History & Politics

Holidays Independence Day

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 Kathleen  Rooney

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Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press. She is the author of the essay collection For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs (Counterpoint, 2010) and the poetry collection, Robinson Alone (Gold Wake Press, 2012). With Elisa Gabbert, she co-wrote That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness (Otoliths, 2008).

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