Turkish Restaurants


Peter is Armenian.

I believe in forgiveness.

So does he.

Not to go to a Turkish restaurant

seems  insane and even silly.

People who work there

probably had nothing to do

with what happened

to his family. Governments

are different from people.

We both believe

holding on is not a good idea.

Even so when it’s time

to go out to dinner, we don’t

go very often

to Turkish restaurants

even though we both

like them


Beautiful Hairdresser Martha

unlikely name. Why is Martha less beautiful than Elyse or Ivy or Sophia or Lily? Why would an African woman be named Martha? Martha, born in Johannesburg, moved to Australia when she was a young child. She said her father got an Australian job. (She didn’t say what.) She was on 34th Street in New York City the day of her 20th birthday when she met a l7 year old very tall young man from Brooklyn. They eventually (not such a long wait) got married. Martha dyed my hair a redder red. A nicer red actually. What was odd was that I didn’t much like Martha. And I wasn’t entirely sure why.

Restorative Yoga at the JCC

Two things happened. The instructor Jayne (the  y is there) (they are all so intimidatingly thin and limber. I keep waiting for Real Yoga.) told us that restorative yoga is about leaving your cell phone and your watch behind. So I actually did. I left them both in the locker room. They called and I had to walk back there a few hours later.

She said your organs are smiling. That’s the kind of sentence that makes me feel oy vey. Maybe I shouldn’t take yoga. Do I want my organs to smile?



I Am A Bookdoctor, Sometimes

Windows, and Books

The woman

who asked me

to work on her book

I’d like to call her May

after I told her

I couldn’t I wouldn’t she said

with an absolute amount

of imperious certainty

YOU don’t understand

the advantages to you.

I she declared

very loudly as though she were

telling me something very important

have 36 windows.

Many of them face the park.

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