Anecdote

Rebecca Wolff

Fall 2017

In the dark of night 

 

I left my home (I live 

alone). Up at 4 to catch Delta 6 

twenty-five—drive 

 

through the dark 

brights on. Parking Level P3 

Column 44, hot radiation 

pagoda, one may elect 

instead to use a female. “Use of This Technology 

Is Optional.” I opt 

for human hands, opt 

to use yr woman hours, gentle female 

expertise, and nonthreatening. Nothing 

to see here, move along, fellow 

travelers. Female, 

pat me down, light swift touch, blue latex 

fingers: I will feel around your  

 

waistband now with the backs 

of my hands. These are the backs 

of my hands you are feeling now at the join 

of groin and thigh, light 

touch. Now you’re going to feel me 

 

at your breast: that’s the back 

of my hands. I am a little high 

Rebecca Wolff is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently One Morning[Symbol] (Wave Books, 2015), and a novel, The Beginners (Riverhead Books, 2011). She is the editor of Fence, and lives in the Hudson Valley, where she is a fellow at the New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany.

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