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A Poem Called “Promiscuous”

Tue, Sep 27, 2011

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It’s not often that you wake up to NPR to hear Garrison Keillor (above) saying “slut” over and over again, but today was a lucky day! His daily AM installment of The Writer’s Almanac — a five minute collection of tidbits from literary history and some poetry — concluded with the poem “Promiscuous” by William Matthews, from Search Party: Collected Poems (Houghton Mifflin, 2004), which is like Wheaties for feminist linguistic nerds who majored in English and keep deep-thought journals.

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One Response to “A Poem Called “Promiscuous””

  1. Johnny Says:

    I often don’t get poetry, and this is one example. What does the verse-like staggering of the words add to make that a better piece of writing?

    Except for paragraph 4, where the author gets all poety for a moment, I think the whole thing would just be better as prose.


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