Casanova's Bossa Nova

By Rich Murphy Rich Murphy
The dance shoes, seduction
and coercion, owned by male feet,
roam floors that beg for chandeliers.
In search of flat-footed beauty

and a bed, where ever they might be,
the handsome conversation attracts
female followers trading on the smiles
of curves. The next steps are dizzying

and leave dresses dipped and hung over
with a purse and heart opened at
their tops. The wallflowers can't say
when the tango with the rag doll began,

but witnesses toasted a conga line
of would-be brides that transcend
a retirement community in Florida,
each giving up their precious moments

on Earth to fandango's flimflam.

Source: Poetry (June 2002).


This poem originally appeared in the June 2002 issue of Poetry magazine

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June 2002
 Rich  Murphy


Rich Murphy has taught at several colleges and universities where he has directed writing programs and has taught creative and academic writing and literature. His book publication credits include, Americana (2014), winner of the Prize Americana; Voyeur (2008), winner of the Gival Press Poetry Award; and The Apple in the Monkey Tree (2007). His chapbooks include Great Grandfather (Pudding House Press), Family Secret (Finishing . . .

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