Mary Jo Bang


What is desire But the hardwire argument given To the mind's unstoppable mouth. Inside the braincase, it's I Want that fills every blank. And then the hand Reaches for the pleasure The plastic snake offers. Someone says, Yes, It will …

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"In Order" Means Neat and Not Next

Mary Jo Bang is the author of four volumes of poetry, including Louise in Love and The Eye Like a Strange Balloon. Individual poems have appeared in the New Yorker, The New Republic, Verse, Jubilat, and two volumes of Best American Poetry (2001, 2005). The recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship and a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, she currently teaches and serves as Director of the Creative Writing Program at Washington University in St. Louis.

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When the Weather Changes to Warm, the Boys Drive Shirtless

Their cigarettes wasting to nought. Bodies locked to a mirror, an eye. An impetuous shutter. Look. Here.At me. The skin a mere pelt, a hide, a peel. What is this theatricality, this amorous vanity? A line from the chin will …

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