Thursday, July 12, 2012

Overread at the Counter: Saw You There, by Ander Monson

Saw You There
by Ander Monson

"Carrie says I should make my connections into a poem." —Dennis Etzel Jr.

Sawed you there, through you there, girl whom I name
Carrie, shine of sun on bonnet-handle at that Walgreens
on 28th. A Friday night. It looked like you came straight
from fighting something that looked like lightning.

You were all scorched up. Tired look but with a residue
of glow, not in the family way, as they used to say,
and as I still do, since I venerate the old, but filled
to the heart with stars. Looking light years away, the way

you operated that Redbox: how can a girl seem so far
from Earth while at a Redbox? I was the girl in the super-
looking supermarket hat, with ashen face and hair of flax,
heart of gold and such. You didn't see me staring, not seeing

much of anything. Magician seeking magician's assistant,
my craigslist ad would say: I will saw through you any day.

(c) 2012 Ander Munson.
Sent to me by Poem-A-Day email from   They used it with permission.   I'm just posting it here because it's SO COOL.   So, Mr, Munson, if you happen to read this post, sorry I didn't expressly ask, but this poem knocked my socks off so hard I just had to slap it here!

In other words, WELL WRITTEN, SIR!

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