To hear Jennifer Clarvoe read "Day of Needs," click
I need a form—vertical? horizontal?
(from the side, or full-frontal?)
suicidal, or just mental?
or (I'm thinking toothache) dental?
I need a form—elaborate? simple?
(neither gap-toothed grin, nor dimple)
spare or (spare me) ample?
would you like a free sample?
I need a form—try Chinese menu?
(intimate or public venue?)
loony bin, I've already been—you
think I'm trying to lose or win you?
I need a form—for neither/either
both/and friendly/heavy breather
down to earth and lost in ether
I need a form—for what I need
some alphabet to write & read
(first see-saw, then gone to seed)
I need a form—for I don't know
any more than the next guy oh
next best, next to nothing, no
news is good, or make it so
I need a form like a hole in my head
my heart, my sole, my empty bed
the books that I've already read
& day-old bread
Whatever form of need you take
(or knead & bake)
can't have your cake
& eat it. Ache.
TODAY IN SLATE
More Than Scottish Pride
Scotland’s referendum isn’t about nationalism. It’s about a system that failed, and a new generation looking to take a chance on itself.
What Charles Barkley Gets Wrong About Corporal Punishment and Black Culture
Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You
If You’re Outraged by the NFL, Follow This Satirical Blowhard on Twitter
The Best Way to Organize Your Fridge
The GOP’s Focus on Fake Problems
Why candidates like Scott Walker are building campaigns on drug tests for the poor and voter ID laws.
Giving Up on Goodell
How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.