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Christine Rhein: Alphabetical Order

Assertion by committee: 

double-dare ethos. 

Fibbed goodwill, 

handshakes. Insider 

justice. Know-how

laughter. Mere near 

onus, pious quid-pro-

quo-ing. Redeployed


underdogs. Votes 

warped, x’d, yea-yea-

yea’d. Zoopathology. 


Zoopathology, yea-

yea-yea’d. X’d warped 

votes. Underdogs 

taxing stereotypes. 

Redeployed quid-pro-

quo-ing. Pious onus 

near. Mere laughter—

know-how justice insider 

handshakes. Goodwill 

fibbed ethos. Double-

dare committee

by assertion.

“Alphabetical Order” was first published on December 12,  2017 in The American Scholar.

Copyright 2017 Christine Rhein

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