“Russell Edson is the dean of American prose poets, the
irrepressible and irresistible author of surreal fables, an American Aesop.”
The Alfresco Moment
asks, will Madam be having her morning coffee alfresco?
If you would be so kind as to lift me out of my bed to the veranda would be more than willing to imbibe coffee alfresco.
Shall I ask the Master to join the Madam for coffee alfresco?
But my nightgown’s so sheer he might see my pubic delta alfresco. And being a woman of wealth I have the loins of a goddess. While you, being but a lowly servant, have the loins of a child’s teddy bear. Yes, have the Master join the alfresco moment. He might just as well be informed of my pubic delta,it’s not a state secret. Besides, he carries an organ worthy of a bull. While you,being but a lowly servant, have the loins of a caterpillar.
-- Russell Edson
“The Alfresco Moment” from The Tormented Mirror
$12.95 • 96 pp. © 2001 University of Pittsburgh Press
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