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28 April

National Poetry Month Guest Poet Alle C. Hall

Escaped from a poster, originally uploaded by jeanmarcrocfort.

The Life and Death of Relationship Series:

Catholic High wisdom:
“Half an inch, no thrusting.” Kept
most of them virgins.

Back seat drive-in fun.
Teenage filly takes break; male
Keeps motor running.

“Guys just want one thing.”
About now she could do with
in the least, one thing.

Unrolling on him
Who’d ‘a thought a condom could
Be so damn sexy?

She dreams of her gown,
He, the proposal. So who
Lives in this union?

Big eyes, bigger breasts
Plays neuro-linguist in
Latest James Bond flick

She breaks up with him.
In surprise, he drops his bag
and cries, “My popcorn!”**

Winner of the 2008 Richard Hugo House New Works Competition, Alle C. Hall’s comic haiku and nonfiction appears in or on Creative Nonfiction, BUST, Literary Mama, Literary Café Radio,, and Swivel. A newly minted blogger
(About Childhood; , she started out freelancing for The Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, and The Stranger, where she worked up to Contributing Writer and for whom she interviewed Leonard Nimoy. Some day, her now-young children kids will think she is really cool.

**A slightly different version of “VII” originally published in The Moment of Truth: Women’s Funniest Romantic Catastrophes (Seal Press, 2002).