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Copyright © 2009

Jane Knechtel

Archival

Tacoma, 1980

JANE KNECHTEL



We’re off-campus

Standing in a circle

In someone’s living room.

Me and Dave Lind,

These other Phi Delts.

We’re drinking Miller out of Olympia cups.

They’re talking football—

What happened at today’s practice—

Upper division accounting problems—

About bell curves.

There’s one girl:

A fact acting on my brain like a strobe light.

The ape part—

Mother.

Impediment and compass.

Saying stay       calculated risk

Slut       saying carpe diem

The circle signals ritual. Initiation.

A locker room.

I’m invisible—neon—

Her.

Impediment and witness.

Leaning in.