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James Reiss
Published: Fri Oct 15 1976
Art: Paul TheriaultEver New (detail), 2022, acrylic and found paper on scavenged wood

She would eat fried eggs
for dinner and smell grease on her hands
all evening as she read to her father.

She would read Zane
Grey or let the silver cast
of TV bathe their faces like moonlight
on a row of summer cabins by the shore.

She would go to her room to slip
off her housecoat, then lie on the throw
rug and bite the salty
heel of her hand.

And her eyes, her cheap
mascara, would look exactly like a doll’s
when you place one on its back.

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James Reiss is the author of the poetry collection The Breathers, from Ecco Press. Since then, he has published poems in The New Yorker and Esquire. (1975)

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