http://static.poetryfoundation.org/o/harriet/2010/02/I-DIdnt-Expect-to-Be-Here-FINAL.mp3

Originally Published: February 16th, 2010

Sotère Torregian is an American poet, born in Newark, New Jersey on June 25, 1941. He attended Rutgers University, and taught briefly at the Free University of New York and Stanford University, where he helped establish the Afro-American studies program in 1969. In the mid-1960s he was associated with the...

  1. February 17, 2010
     Peter Greene

    Sotere! Stop with the waitress! You will end up meeting her boyfriend! I dated a waitress for four years. They HATE this sort of thing (most of them). Sotere, I like your blogs - but this one was rankly and painfully sexist, toying with misogyny even.\r

    I mean "she's 54 a knockout a looker and sleeping with a student who is twenty-two years old?"\r

    "clucking hens?"\r

    ...jerks in biker outfits...protruding bellies...women go for these guys...Hefner...Raquel...fat women's children doomed...and ANGRY with the woman you've been hassling?\r

    It's like you got Giger to sub in for you and asked him to mimick your style.\r

    I hope you feel better.\r
    Love to you too, and not the wanting hating kind. I lost my best girl too, and what's worse not even to Paris, but to Swift Current (Speedy Creek to its friends who are few.)\r

    Sotere, I hope you feel better. Women are not sinning by not wanting you. Danger, danger. Pain isn't anger.\r

    P

  2. February 17, 2010
     Kim Allison

    This audio blog by Sotère is the coolest thing I have come across in recent memory. I like to check in when a new post comes up.\r

    I thought this entry was entertaining and frankly, hilarious. It was quite a vivid description of a place and a snippet of time, mixed in with those personal thoughts and observations that pulled me right in.

  3. February 18, 2010
     Sina Queyras

    Sotere, \r
    Or her girlfriend, which could be even more interesting. Love the posts, but have to say I'm with Peter on the waitresses.