Magazine | March 23, 2015, Issue

Poetry

READING DOSTOEVSKY

It is like loyal marriage to a brilliant sage

Who beats you — an unhewn manner, rough and crude;

Globs of politics and gossip, theory, glued

To bloated schemes of character, page after page.

Annulled from happiness on Desdemona’s stage,

Indefinitely cast in mocking attitude,

You gain a transformation in that interlude

Where Art has been divorced, and Grace will not engage.

The world will disapprove, should you decide to quit

This union, stand on bandaged feet, and say, “Enough.”

Scant understanding will you find — for to admit

Would be to hint at ignorance equally as rough.

“Boys will be boys, you sensitive, ungrateful twit,”

The oaf will think, then offer you a powder puff –

Not once the wiser, by your soft receipt of it.

Jennifer Reeser is the author of six books. Her most recent poetry collection is Indigenous (Able Muse Press, 2018).

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