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Saturday, May 01, 2021


by Chad Parenteau

Art from 1999 by Robert Lederman.

Photo of Hillary Clinton
in white pantsuit, black stripes
drawn on in marker.
Five laptops with “Hunter”
scratched onto each bottom.
FDNY firefighter axe
with ninety-eight notches.
Two copies of
Time Magazine’s 2001
“Person of the Year” issue.
One copy signed to
“Abner Lube-Me-Up,”
the other to “Amadou Diablo –
Now you can count to forty-one!”
Atlas Shrugged book, pages
blacked out, “Truth isn’t truth”
written on back cover.
“Adolph Giuliani”
protest poster, signed.
One envelope returned
to sender. Contents include:
additional copy of
Time Magazine’s 2001
“Person of the Year” issue,
“For Trump” written on cover
in gold marker.

Chad Parenteau hosts Boston's long-running Stone Soup Poetry series. His work has appeared in journals such as Résonancee, Molecule, Cape Cod Poetry Review, Tell-Tale Inklings, Off The Coast, Ibbetson Street, and Wilderness House Literary Review. He is a contributor to Headline Poetry & Press and serves as Associate Editor of the online journal Oddball Magazine. His latest collection The Collapsed Bookshelf was nominated for a Massachusetts Book Award.