“telling about the poem” by Sasha at Bump n’ Grind on Granville

Friday October 27, 2017
4:35pm at Bump n’ Grind
5 minutes
I Was Reading A Poem
David Rutschman

It’s telling when all the poems are about a broken heart
She isn’t knitting any more scarves or sweater for penguins
She isn’t going to miss another opportunity to floss her teeth
Flow chart after flow chart about empathy screenshotted on her iPhone
Isn’t getting her anywhere but deeper down

Irma wishes there was never an earthquake named after her
Makes her feel dry and hot and afraid

Her sister asks if she’s still writing and she says
“Not really”
“That’s non-committal” says her sister and
Irma knows that she’s right but she “Humph’s” and
Returns to her needle-point

“There’s a real market for the ironic stuff on Instagram”
Says Irma
Her sister isn’t listening

“going from being very quiet to being very loud” by Sasha on her couch


Monday, September 8, 2014
10:09pm
5 minutes
an interview with Passenger on www.billboard.com

Ella reads aloud.

An old man
He turned ninety eight
He won the lottery
And he died the next day


I don’t want to be mean about it but… this is pretty blatant plagiarism. I want to be supportive of your work, Ramona, but… Look, you’re a talented writer, you really are. You have a voice, a distinct voice and… what happened here? If you were around in 1995, you know the lyrics to this song!

Ramona is quiet. Eventually she says,

I’m exploring puberty. I’m exploring what it’s like to go through fucking hairy puberty.

They are both looking at their shoes – Ella’s are Australian Boots and Ramona’s are rubber boots from Canadian Tire.