A Poem by Laura Buccieri

From Her Collection Songbook for a Boy Inside

February 26, 2019  By Laura Buccieri

The liberal swing vote on the Supreme Court is retiring

In an uber downtown at dusk
outside the window all these women
coming out of work still in high heels
I want to note that men wore them first in the 17th century
to show their high status
literally I want to start the story screaming
the year was 1673
out the window but that seems against the uber pool etiquette
and I would have lost them already
everything is dramatic when yelled
from a window there are two people
gliding along on bikes
at the same speed talking gesturing in synchronicity
perhaps anger or perhaps joy
there are babies being pushed in strollers
I know expensive when I see it
they have things like two coffee cup holders and an outlet to charge your phone there are dogs being pulled away from other dogs
people crossing the street against the light halal
being spilled on the sidewalk dogs peeing on tied up trash bags
women in heels descending
into the subway cnn notifications and questionable sewer steam
and long honks and dropped change
and this evening
functioning despite
it seems


From Songbook for a Boy Inside. Used with permission of Belladonna Collective. Copyright © 2019 by Laura Buccieri.

Laura Buccieri
Laura Buccieri
Laura Buccieri is the author of the chapbooks Songbook for a Boy Inside (Belladonna* 2018) and On being mistaken (PANK Books, 2018). Her work can be found in Metatron, DUM DUM Zine, Prelude, Cosmonauts Avenue, Lambda Literary, Word Riot, Apogee, and elsewhere. She is the Publicist at Copper Canyon Press & holds an MFA in poetry from The New School. She lives in Brooklyn and on Instagram at @lauruhboocherry.

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