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Taras Chernov
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Ginger Ale Afternoon


Jesse is nine months pregnant and lives with her underemployed husband Hank in a dilapidated mobile home in a rusty trailer park. During an afternoon of talk, Jesse discovers that Hank has been spending time with Bonnie, their young, bovine neighbor.




Ginger Ale Afternoon



For procedures that are scheduled to start after noon, it is okay to drink clear liquids (black coffee or tea without milk, water, Seven-Up, ginger ale or apple juice) until 5 hours before the start time of the procedure. You should still not eat any solid food after midnight the night before. As examples:


For procedures that are scheduled to start after 12 p.m., it is okay to drink clear liquids (black coffee or tea without sugar or milk, water, 7UP, ginger ale or apple juice) until 6 hours before the start time of the procedure.


There will be jugglers, troubadours, fight masters, and scribes on hand, as well as an open mic for reciting your favorite Shakespearean soliloquies, sonnets, and speeches. Puppeteers from the Nashville Public Library will be on hand and there will, of course, be cake and ale (ginger-ale).


This afternoon I sat in the sun by the empty tennis courts and read of Jody Powell sitting in front of ''Warhol's red, gray, and yellow-orange portrait of President Jimmy Carter'' and talking about ''The Other Side of the Story.'' While walking to that wine-colored metal bench in the grass I'd thought of ''Judge not according to appearance'' and telling a nephew that strength wasn't the appearance of musculature but an inward certainty of purpose (were those the words?). Something inward. Otherwise, ''how could anyone love an odd looking duck like me'' - and knew that if this imagined smaller person had said ''I love you,'' I might not have been quite so direct. Love is such unquestioning surrender that a part of me (the part that begins relentlessly to critique this poem even before its first draft is finished) would find no human object worthy. How hard it is to love, uncritically, the critic (he is never more than partly right). Until I tell myself that, knowing all the flaws, I can say ''I love'' (or name some more precisely nuanced feeling) and know it is not romanticized imagining - and thus not likely to collapse at the sudden appearance of some unexpected imperfection (I already know them all). Several times today I have considered the proper form for wedding invitations and wondered whether my esthetic scrupulosity is selfishness - perhaps the bride gives much less thought (beyond a conventional conception?) than such a groom as I would be. After dining on Waldorf Salad, Lasagna Florentine, and wood casked ginger ale from Crystal Beverage Mart, I read a few poems. In one Frank O'Hara begins ''to write one of my 'I do this I do that' /poems in a sketch pad.'' And tonight I will prepare at least six of the fifteen poems to be sent off - perhaps the six already rejected by APR and Small Pond. Sunset shadows on a white spirea across the street are more tender than any poem. And these will be sent (I hope) without the touch of inward wilfullness, in an unquestioning surrender such as one can only give to something impersonal - like that wash of yellow light or the touch of this persistent breeze through my open window.


Then the signal turnedand the woman flewahead, and Grandma and Idrove slowly alongin her blue car named Lizzytoward a wide blue afternoonof dry saltines, ginger ale,The Price Is Right, and the softclick-clack of dominoes. [End Page 169]


The black car floats down the empty streetturning, at the end, into a non-existent city.A woman in a blue polka-dot dressdrinks ginger ale outside a café, sweat formingunder her breasts. In the café, on round tables,paper and pencils move with little assistance to the right words.


The furniture shop spills with sawdust as the carpenter makes free chairs.Around and around the block on Sunday afternoon, everyone is playing checkers.Satisfaction is on the face of the deepest thinker. 041b061a72


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