I'm Dating Myself | Christine Beck

$ 7.00

 

Christine Beck holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree from Southern Connecticut State University. She is the author of Blinding Light  (Grayson Books 2013) and I’m Dating Myself, forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press.  Her collection, The Charlotte Chronicles, won a mini-chapbook award and was published by  Centrifugal Eye in 2013. She teaches poetry, creative writing and literature at The University of Hartford, Southern Connecticut State University and in private workshops. Christine Beck is a former president of the Connecticut Poetry Society, a board member of Riverwood Poetry Series, and is currently Poet Laureate of the Town of West Hartford.

Her website is www.ChristineBeck.net

 

 

People Like You

 

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about people like you,

what they do,

where they can be found,

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They drive Subarus and order double

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more friends than a soccer team.

 

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are not people like you,

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the New Yorker discussion groups,

the cheerful multicolored couches

designed for conversation.

 

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at arms-length from their sweaty flesh.