Arsenic Lobster poetry journal Issue Thirty-six
Winter 2014
 
Forever Young: Ghost princesses of Blackhawk Island debut repurposed leggings
Emilie Lindemann

When Lorine Niedecker (1903-1970) became pregnant after an affair with Louis Zukofsky, he
encouraged her to have an abortion. The doctor who performed the abortion discovered that
Niedecker had been carrying twins, and Niedecker named them “Lost” and “Found”.


It’s better this way.

Eternally 27-year-old twin guardians

           of Mama’s island,

Lost checks out aging scholars in tweed jackets

and hiking boots

& Found cackles when men with beanies bow down

           to cabin, to Island, to mother.


Sometimes they get bored and play pool

in the back room of Patty Coughlin’s Pub after hours.

They set the bar stools spinning

           just before sunrise,

then sneak into the closed Kmart, loot leggings

from damaged goods return bins,

read broken-spined copies of Oprah’s book club choices

between drags            of cherry cigars.


The sleepy smoke alarms listen

           with clogged ears.

About Emilie Lindemann

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