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Mudflaps for short dogs
by Pearl Pirie
Pearl Pirie has won awards for her books and poems. Her latest is footlights (Radiant, 2020). She assists poets with their manuscripts through Chalkpaths and with workshops through Studio Nouveau. She has published 4 poetry collections, a couple dozen chapbooks, and runs a small press. www.pearlpirie.com
Mudflaps for short dogs is a collection of concrete poetry, machine sonnets, the surreal and the lyrical - these poems poke and play.
“tall person” is not descriptive to the short
a feather duster sounds like a museum curator, one who
doffs taxidermic geese.
apoplectic stuttering isn’t the soundest strategic tiling
but it gets the shock across.
when you weigh efforts to mitigate some skeptics,
we are the (financially uncompensated) caretakers
of what happens.
want a real killer idea to market?
Paddington Bear raincoats with mudflaps for short dogs.
this freewheeling run is from the tricked out verbatim.
it has been patched up straight.
which is to say dumbed down, stripped of all the ums
and knowing and awkward silences.
yesterday was just a last minute idea. y’know.
today we move out.
is it hard to squeeze visas through dovetails?
you’ll have to open up the box.