Sarah Stetson – April 2, 2013

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Sarah Stetson graduated from the MFA Program at Queens College where she studied poetry and won the Giro S. Cestaro III Memorial Scholarship for her thesis, Barefoot in the Package Store. She has worked for Ploughshares and was Editor of Ozone Park, an online literary journal founded in 2008 by Queens College MFA students. She is now an adjunct lecturer in poetry and composition at Queens College.

When:  April 2, 2013
Where: Terraza 7 Cafe, 40-19 Gleane Street, Elmhurst, NY 11373
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM (open-mic sign up at 6:45)
Other: $5 suggested donation. For more information contact Richard Jeffrey Newman.

Here is one of Sarah’s poems:

A Man Freshens Up at One Woman’s Apartment

Pick up your mess – tiny hairs stuck
to sink after you shave like porcelain

porcupine. Pick up moist tissues and
nicotine patch. Mud ring

from coffee mug, toothpaste like
blue tar tracks. The mess you

pick – mud on tiles, lines of mold
and line on your ring finger.

Pick one – touch-up glaze or Fantastik.
One remedy at a time. Don’t overdo,

you might miss it (the mess)
where you left cracks and scratches –

the mess of the fixtures, the dusty
filaments. How many people

does it take to replace your bulb?
How many drinks do you need

before touch-up glaze becomes
touch-me gaze? Don’t mess up the joke.

Patch the porcelain. Pick up the patch.


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