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Small Pomes for Average People
B. Mason

Small Pomes for Average People, by B. Mason

B. Mason pulls off with aplomb and panache that sleight of word, that gesture of tone, that craft so careful it comes across as effortless. An excerpt:


Poor Romeo and Juliet, she said.
They’d have lived if only
they’d had cell phones.

Love is in the contact,
and they had so little.

I hear my man by the hour,
provided the reception is good,
and it’s after eight and he’s not roaming,
and not in a crowd where
people can’t control their voices.

Then he has to yell and I don’t know
if he’s mad or if he hates me.
And when I ask him he’s annoyed, like
‘Of course I love you.’

And what does he mean ‘Of course,’
when I’m only trying to tell him
to call me back when
he can talk to me normally,
like people do,
like Romeo and Juliet did.

They loved each other,
and so do we.

Because he always calls me back—
unless I call him first.

—B. Mason

27 pages. $10, includes standard shipping within the Continental USA.


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