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Doug Anderson: Distance

She said my poems had emotion in them

as if they might have syphilis.

Hers, she said, were ironically distanced,

questioning the things they spoke of

as if they weren’t quite real.

As if all we’d always believed

was some kind of sham and language

was itself a kind of lie.

Then one day I saw her sobbing 

in the parking lot at Starbucks.

I wondered how irony could be so cruel.


Copyright 2022 Doug Anderson

Photo by Doug Anderson

10 comments on “Doug Anderson: Distance

  1. Barbara Huntington
    November 10, 2022

    Love this

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  2. Jefferson Carter
    November 10, 2022

    surprisingly heavy-handed for a Doug poem.

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    • Vox Populi
      November 10, 2022

      Doug can be light-fingered or heavy-handed. He can tiptoe and he can kickbox. He can be ironic, tender, angry, smooth, rough or ready. Doug is many. He contains multitudes.

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      • Jefferson Carter
        November 10, 2022

        Yes, but heavy-handed is not a good thing in poetry. It’s too closely related to strident and/or predictable.

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        • Vox Populi
          November 10, 2022

          Thanks. Take a look at Wayne Karlin’s poem tomorrow and tell us what you think.

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  3. Rose Mary Boehm
    November 10, 2022

    So much packed into so few words. Excellent.

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    • Vox Populi
      November 10, 2022

      yes, compact and yet conversational at the same time.

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  4. louisehawes
    November 10, 2022

    Concise, cunningly crafted and oh, the irony!

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