Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Excerpt--Interview with a Dog:

from Coconut 14, copyright Amy Gerstler 2008:


Q: No, really. How come I get you all nice and clean and you immediately roll in something stinky?

A: Humans don't get true grooming, which only takes place using the tongue. Toothpaste, mouthwash, and deodorant are what's "stinky." Soap's revolting. Terrible invention. Why have it in your lamplit, carpeted, doorlocked lair? Dung is informative, complex—full of news flashes from the body's interior. Shit's an encyclopedia, volumes of urgent correspondence your organs wrote if only you knew how to read. What's learnt from smelling shampoo? It just causes sneezing, erases articulate fumes. Bulldozes olfactory signposts. Washing is book burning.


Read the whole glorious, wacky thing here [scroll down to the second poem].

In about 10 days, I'll have my dog.


Alan Huffman said...

I enjoyed meeting in Columbus and am now very much enthralled with Sandrine's Letter to Tomorrow. It's the best novel I've read in a long time.

Dedra Johnson said...

Alan, it was great to meet you, too! Can I look you up next time I;m in town? I'll want my copy of your book signed.....And thanks so much for the compliment. I'm so glad you've enjoyed it!