You listen and, then, somebody tells you
you’re such a good listener. There’s free wine
and you compliment some accessory
Where did you get that Powell Books tote bag?
When you laugh you hold your hand to your mouth.
You talk about which words, when misspelled,
make you laugh the most: penitent, balloon,
assumption, bellbottom and fatuous.
It’s minutes before your featured reading.
You kind of know most of the people there:
they take their wine, sit on fold-out chairs,
and behind their heads is a wall of mirrors.
And look at you with your fucked-up teeth,
your fucked-up teeth, your fucked-up teeth;
look at you with your fucked-up teeth,
thinking these good people don’t notice.