To Timothy Murphy, Regarding Russell and Remington

I tell you, Tim – if manly Charlie Russell
And Frederic Remington were still around,
The former, at-it with his gaucho muscle –
The latter, at-it with his Indian mound –
Each one would lay aside his paints, immerse
His brush in turpentine, pick up your verse,
And, having read one line, would cry, “Astound-
Ing!” Mine? Each man would mouth it as he frowned,
Mind wandering to desert regions cursed
By women trading wampum counterfeit,
And turn aside to brass spittoons, and spit.
Their jaws, they’d clench, their booted toes, they’d curl,
Pretending not to recognize a girl
To mutter, in those male minds, “Mother Wit!”

Jennifer Reeser

Jennifer Reeser

Jennifer Reeser is the author of five books. Writer and former editor of “The Paris Review,” X.J. Kennedy, wrote that her first volume “ought to have been a candidate for a Pulitzer.” Her verse novel, “The Lalaurie Horror,” debuted as an Amazon bestseller in Epic Poetry. Her work has been anthologized in Random House, London’s Everyman’s Library, among many other anthologies. Her poems, non-fiction and translations have appeared in POETRY, Rattle, The Hudson Review, and elsewhere. Her sixth collection, INDIGENOUS, is forthcoming from Able Muse Press. Her website is www.jenniferreeser.com
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Jennifer Reeser is the author of five books. Writer and former editor of “The Paris Review,” X.J. Kennedy, wrote that her first volume “ought to have been a candidate for a Pulitzer.” Her verse novel, “The Lalaurie Horror,” debuted as an Amazon bestseller in Epic Poetry. Her work has been anthologized in Random House, London’s Everyman’s Library, among many other anthologies. Her poems, non-fiction and translations have appeared in POETRY, Rattle, The Hudson Review, and elsewhere. Her sixth collection, INDIGENOUS, is forthcoming from Able Muse Press. Her website is www.jenniferreeser.com