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spacer.gif   Kristin Latour
Posted by : cj on Wednesday, February 06, 2008 - 12:04 PM
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American Open Mike:  New American Voices .
Collection: Relics of Death

Exhibit A

Yellowed letter.

Circa 1940s.

Dear Theda,

You must choose

to do what you think

Is best. I never

wanted any of you

children to marry

Catholics, but

your Dominick

is a good man.



Exhibit B

Crucifix.

Circa 1900.

Eighteen inches high

with requisite

three nails,

three mourning women,

and two angels.

Owner: father of the Catholic

mentioned in exhibit A.


Exhibit C

Rosary.

Circa 1970.

Wooden oval beds.

No patina.

No wear.

Owner: man who married

daughter of couple

mentioned in exhibit A.


Exhibit D

Medal.

Sterling sliver cross.

Circa late 1980s.

Worn daily

by owner of exhibit B

until death.

Now worn

by the son-in-law

of owner of exhibit C.

Note: Both men are

agnostic.


Exhibit E

Plastic, glow-in-the-dark

rosary.

Circa 1980.

Bought from teacher/nun

for 50˘ for a day

of holy obligation.

Stored in pencil box.

Note crayon-marks.

Not used since 1986.


Try Not to Learn So Much

try not to learn so much
the brain will rust
even when chrome-plated
and flickering candy-apple red

leave some room for edges
of imagination
souped-up hot rods
comic book heroes
the grill of a ‘49 Buick
upside-down pin-up girls
in black one-pieces

soon enough you’ll wonder
where time went
as metal bubbles brown
under a dull paint job
and the fins taillights
fade out of focus
on a rainy night

--K. LaTour





 
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