New Poem from Mather Schneider


You're a sev­en­teen year old coun­try boy
and your girl­friend tells you
she cheat­ed on you.
Some guy from Pekin felt her up
at a par­ty.
Some big shot city kid, a senior.

But here’s the catch:
he felt her up with his feet,
not his hands.
For some rea­son this seems worse.

The worst part about it is
you can see she's not sor­ry.

The guy with the feet
is an artist or some­thing.

It eats away at you:
a stranger's dirty toes
on her clean white breasts.

Your jeal­ousy engorges both of you.
Promis­es are admin­is­tered
between kiss­es
and pret­ty soon you are in the back­yard—
boots plant­ed firm­ly on the ground—
fuck­ing her in the blind spot
between the mobile home

and the Tuff shed.

Math­er Schnei­der is a 40 year old cab dri­ver from Tuc­son, Ari­zona. He is hap­pi­ly mar­ried to a sexy Mex­i­can woman. His poet­ry and prose have appeared in the small press since 1993. He has one full length book out by Inte­ri­or Noise Press called Drought Resis­tant Strain and anoth­er full length com­ing in the spring of 2011 from New York Quar­ter­ly Press.

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