• On First Meeting Roddy Lumsden

    Kathleen Ossip

    Fall 2019

    Ear Inn, Spring Street 
    January 19, 2002

    Light: supreme optical clarity, quick-dry, scratch-resistant.
    Clouds: feather-pregnant, groaning, insistent.

    Exterior: A puzzle, one continuous Olde New Yorke alley.
    I did not know you. You did not know me.

    Interior: You. Me. Cheap-ish beer. Warm-ish tea. Sonnets.
    Yours: My Dark Side, My Pain. Mine: My Best Self, My Luvox.

    The possessive a tack, pinning 14 lines to the Beat wall.
    Yours: Thick and celtic, crafty. 14 lines tacked outside the confessional.

    Kathleen Ossip is the author of The Do-Over, a New York Times Editors' Choice. She was a 2016-2017 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and she teaches at The New School in New York. 

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