"How are you going to have sex with a carny if you won't go to the carnival?"

Originally Published: July 14th, 2009

Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, poet Joel Brouwer is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Syracuse University. Brouwer is the author of several collections of poetry, including And So (2009); Centuries (2003), a National Book Critics Circle Notable Book; and Exactly What Happened (1999), winner of the Larry Levis...

  1. July 14, 2009
     Michael Theune

    Craig's List.

  2. July 14, 2009
     Marty Elwell

    There's always Carney Lansford...or Carnie Wilson...

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  5. July 15, 2009

    1. You catch her on a good day. Usually it is her one day off.\r

    2. Treat the moment as if it is a one night stand.\r

    3. Forget her name.\r

    4. When she calls you where you work and invites you over for dinner try to beg off, which will do you no good. Fatally you will want that sweet thing again.\r

    5. At this point understand you are no longer in control of your life.\r

    6. You will become a junky to a carny's way of perceiving things through her carnival light eyes even on her days off.\r

    7. She will want you to make her respectable and fight you every step of the way.\r

    8. She will want you to die for her in Alvira Madigan fashion, the classic carny girl.\r

    9. If you are lucky enough to survive the scene you will never forget her face, her dreams. You will be marked.\r

    10. With the stalking get that the love intent is also murderous, as love often is in Menead fashion.\r

    Bon chance at the carnival.\r


  6. July 15, 2009
     Joel Brouwer

    For the record, for what it's worth, the speaker and her interlocutor were both women, approximately 18-24 years of age.

  7. July 15, 2009

    11. I forgot that the carny never loves the lover as much as she loves the carnival. It amounts to an addiction.\r


  8. July 17, 2009
     Michael James

    Thanks for this Joel B.

  9. July 17, 2009
     Michael Gushue

    The only carnie I knew personally said: "There are only two types of people. Carnies and marks."