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Mad Men

Leah Umansky: Pick of the Week [ed. Terence Winch]

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In My Next Life, I Want to Be an Ad Man


I want to be donned in somehow. Donned in everything. Donned in

the forgotten and the ecclesiastics of sex. Drape me in the charged. Drape me

in the raptured. Drape me in meaning and keep it private. I want two

lives: one in the city and one in the country. Two women: a blonde and a

redhead. Drape me in wealth. Drape me in booze. Don me in diamonds

and fur. Drape a secretary, here, and then, there.


[Executive is the word that comes to the lips

and they smile for you, sister.]


Don me in designer suits. Don me in a new age. Don me in what’s coming.

Drape the future round my shoulders.  Drape the next life across my lap.

Drape me in the madness.  Don me in the twoness of passion. Don me in

pieces of last, of force; pieces of shaken and possible then drape me

in manhood.   Drape me in machinery and steel. Don me in utterly and plush

utterings and, [do I sound like I’m stuttering?] Make me look good; the

world is dangerous.


Leah Umansky is the author of three books of poems, most recently Of Tyrant, forthcoming from The Word Works in 2024. She is currently working on a hybrid-memoir called Delicate Machine, an exploration of womanhood, hope, and heart in the face of grief and a global pandemic. She earned her MFA in Poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and has curated and hosted The COUPLET Reading Series in NYC since 2011. Her creative work can be found in such places as The New York Times, Poetry, The Bennington Review, and Guesthouse. She can be found at or @leah.umansky on IG.


Don Draper  collage by Borbay                                                                                      Don Draper, collage by Borbay


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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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