Burkholder, Jenny A. 2002

Wednesday, September 18, 2002
American Poets Reading
with Deborah Cummins, Janice Harrington, and John Mann


Read Jenny A. Burkholder’s non-fiction work, “Boob Party,” from So to Speak Journal:

Boob Party / So to Speak

It’s evident the art of losing’s not too hard to master though it may look like ( Write it!) like disaster. Elizabeth Bishop, “One Art” It’s hard to know what to say to a three and six-year-old when you have cancer. My first doctor, when I sat down with her after a botched biopsy, never said the word cancer.

In my new red high heels, a Rolex with a face of a hundred tiny diamonds, and my new black leather dress snuggled around my hips, I plan to smoke three cigarettes. First one I’ll light with a plastic Bic lighter, rough around the edges from opening too many beer tops, and inhale deeply.

– Jenny A. Burkholder, “Dorothy”

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