Borrowed Logic / Alison Stone
dancing girl press, 2014
Alison Stone is the author of Dangerous Enough (Presa Press 2014), From the Fool to the World (Parallel Press 2012) and They Sing at Midnight, which won the 2003 Many Mountains Moving Poetry Award and was published by Many Mountains Moving Press. Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, Barrow Street, Poet Lore, and a variety of other journals and anthologies. She has been awarded Poetry’s Frederick Bock Prize and New York Quarterly’s Madeline Sadin award. She is also a painter and the creator of The Stone Tarot. A licensed psychotherapist, she has private practices in NYC and Nyack. She is currently editing an anthology of poems on the Persephone/Demeter myth.
Mother warned, Sex is a trap.
Still, every teenager wants more
than flowers, more than stale, virginal green.
His lips, cool moss against my nape.
I traded sunlight for a romp
in the forbidden, a devoted mate.
My meadow-scent’s exotic here, so he’s eager
to please, writes me poems by the meager
glow of dying fireflies. If he’d only kick that mange-
infested dog out of our bed. Such horrid pant-
ing! Each tongue licks my face like meat.
the tick box
this is no dewey
decimal, no sense
to this, putting people
bark like good dog
veer between refusing
and trying to be helpful
should be an easy task
pen on paper
down stroke and up
best describes: no no no
none of those
mixed is their phrase