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Two Poems by Larry O. Dean

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The Saddest Ice Cube Tray Ever

Yanked from the freezer,
it doesn't resist, cubes dispersed
unevenly, one
side of the pale blue plastic tray
weighted down by a half-
 
dozen freezer-burned squares
capped with frosty afros,
and two loose, leaping,
liberated, plunging
and then shattering on the cold
kitchen linoleum below.

Yoga Is Not Stretching

Yoga is not stretching,”
she said while stretching
to the cadre of eager
yogacolytes, gnarled,
wrenched and bent
in consent to her command.
 
“Yoga is not stretching,”
she spoke softly, sotto voce,
like it was a secret
to be shared only
among the most limber
stretchers in the class.
 
Bowing her pliant body
she spun on one leg,
toward the sun, yelling
“Yoga is not stretching!”
so even the remotest stretcher
in the rear could hear.
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About the author

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Larry O. Dean was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. He attended the University of Michigan, where he won three Hopwood Awards in Creative Writing, and Murray State University's low-residency MFA program. His recent books include Frequently Asked Questions (forthcoming, Salmon Poetry, 2020), Activities of Daily Living (Salmon Poetry, 2017), Brief Nudity (Salmon Poetry, 2013), Basic Cable Couplets (Silkworms Ink, 2012), abbrev (Beard of Bees, 2011), About the Author (Mindmade Books, 2011), and I Am Spam (Fractal Edge Press, 2004). Selected magazine publications include Berkeley Poetry Review, Passages North, Big Bridge, OCHO, Nude Bruce Review, and Angry Old Man. Also a critically-acclaimed songwriter, Dean has numerous releases to his credit, including Good Grief (2015), Product Placement (forthcoming, 2019) and Fun with a Purpose (2009) with The Injured Parties, Gentrification Is Theft (2002) with The Me Decade, and Fables in Slang (2001) with Post Office. Seek him out at http://www.larryodean.com/.

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