Daily Archives: October 17, 2013



At night,
while the city paints its claws,
the sex slaves are still sent out
into the darkness to look for us
Oh, how we loved them,
every little monster
We even knew their real names

At night,
we can still hear the spikes
being driven into the ground,
the drinks being poured,
the come-ons being written
by the comedians who are kept
chained behind the bar

At night,
with all signals go,
the lipstick and the lingerie electrified,
it is tempting to forget that the city
once promised to stop lying

to those of us
who now consist primarily
of subtle forces
ranged around the outskirts,
knowing too much to think
that there would ever be
an easy way to get out of town


ELEANOR LERMAN’s first book of poetry, Armed Love (Wesleyan University Press, 1973), published when she was twenty-one, was nominated for a National Book Award. She has since published four other award-winning collections of poetry: Come the Sweet By and By (University of Massachusetts Press, 1975); The Mystery of Meteors (Sarabande Books, 2001); Our Post-Soviet History Unfolds (Sarabande Books, 2005); The Sensual World Re-Emerges (Sarabande Books, 2010), along with Observers and Other Stories (Artemis Press, 2002), a collection of short stories. She received the 2002 Joy Bale Boone Award for Poetry, the 2006 Milton Dorfman Poetry Prize, and was the recipient of the 2006 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets and The Nation magazine for the year’s most outstanding book of poetry, Our Post-Soviet History Unfolds. In 2007, she received a NEA Fellowship in Poetry and her work is included in the 2008 Pushcart Prize Anthology. Her novel, Janet Planet, was published in 2011, the same year she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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