Lodestar Quarterly

Lodestar Quarterly
Figure reaching for a star Issue 16 • Winter 2005 • Featured Writer • Poetry

Lucky Stiff

Toni Mirosevich

Someone called me a lucky stiff. It's true. I'm less flexible
than I used to be. It's my way or the highway, the country

singer crooned. Stiff isn't the same as rigid, thoughts, spines,
as in pour me a stiff one, it's been a long day. After a few

you're loosey goosey, like the baby that fell off a balcony
in the Truffaut film, bounced and survived, as flexible as

Gumby, as Hubert Humphrey, as a salesman trying to make
a deal. Would you buy a used car from the current prez,

who flip flops as if he invented rubber thongs? Now Nixon
was stiff as a bored believer, thought a cloth coat more flexible

than leather. He had it down; Pat, he cried, when it was time
to give up the throne. There in the corner was David Eisenhower,

smiling that goofy grin, inflexible, incalcitrant. What did Mamie
think? What's the diff if the party line stays stiff? We better

learn to flex our might and then our arms so they'll be able
to see our point of view, but if they stay miffed it's going to be
a long four years.

Toni Mirosevich

Toni Mirosevich's collection "My Oblique Strategies" was winner of the 2005 Frank O'Hara Chapbook Award. She is also the author of Queer Street and The Rooms We Make Our Own. Her work has appeared in The Progressive, Harrington Lesbian Fiction Quarterly, Kenyon Review, Best American Travel Writing, and elsewhere. Literary awards include the Astraea Emerging Lesbian Writer in Fiction Award and fellowships with The MacDowell Colony, Djerassi Artists Program, and the Willard R. Espy Literary Foundation. She is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University, where she has served as Associate Director of the Poetry Center.

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