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The Private Lives of Deer

BY AMY LAWLESS

The Private Lives of Deer

Two deer play with their washboard abs. Neither can cook or clean, but they’ll drink all the beer and never be cruel to one another. I think that you should date this city dweller. He has a moustache and lots of friends. I can’t see him. He isn’t here. But that’s how he tells you he really loves you. Together, you have the energy to throw your anchor over the edge of the small boat or the tub. The anchor has the decency to not be a metaphor in this instance—it really will keep your boat in one place. You bought a boat. I don’t know…it’s spiritual. Either get married or leave each other alone.

 
 
 

The Private Lives of Deer

I walked back to my apartment. I felt more lonely the longer I walked. Many times I leave the house in order to interface with society to feel a connection to the world at large. At my local book store my “plan” to sit and read a whole book was foiled by the existence of an event. Were you aware of a scientific study that stated that vaginal absorption of semen acts as an anti-depressant in women? The vaginal walls are said to absorb the semen. Another study says that the absorption of the semen through the vaginal walls could also increase libido in a woman. This would be a good point for the poem to have a transition because I really don’t want to think more about this. I’m lonely. Anyone—literally anyone—is capable of heroic acts of misogyny.



Amy Lawless is the author of two books of poems including My Dead (Octopus Books, 2013).  Her next book Broadax is forthcoming from Octopus Books.  An audio chapbook from Broadax is out on Black Cake Records. Her poems have recently appeared in Best American Poetry 2013, Jerk Poet, So and So Magazine, and Equalizer: Second Series. For more, check out her interview in Interview Magazine or on the Otherppl Podcast with Brad Listi, or her blog.