"Downsides" [by Denise Duhamel] in Martin Stannard's One-Shot Hit Lit Mag
I can’t go anywhere without some dude
to get inside my frontal lobe.Just once
like to go to a hotel bar without hearing,
brain stem! Can I buy it a drink?”
“Did anyone ever tell your cerebellum
could be a model?”Whenever I pass
construction site, the hardhats
at my bouncy left and right hemispheres.
I scurry away, I get, “Stuck up, neocortex!”
work, Mr. Smith ogles my limbic system
the administrative assistants with small brains
me in the lunch room.I guess it’s true—
flaunt my high IQ.I can be a tease
it comes to anagrams and spatial reasoning.
hey, don’t we all use whatever we have?
most women, I’m actually looking forward
senility, so everyone will stop seeing
my brain and except me for who I truly am.
-- Denise Duhamel
Martin Stannard put together a one-shot literary magazine the old-fashioined way though with new media distribution. He asked friends, and friends of friends, to pick one poem apiece and he posted the results here on August 1, 2013. You will find compelling work by Angela Ball, Mark Ford, Robert Hershon, Doug Lang, Sharon Mesmer, Ron Padgett, Mitch Sisskind, Lee Upton, Terence Winch, Bill Zavatsky, many others in addition to Denise Duhamel, guest editor of The Best American Poetry 2013, whose poem "Downsides" we highlight above. -- DL