THE
OKLAHOMA
REVIEW

Volume 8 | Issue 1 | Spring 2007




Poetry    
 




Print version                  


Janet Butler
          

Death in the Mountains           


LeAnna Covalt              
A Few Days after Your Fiftieth Birthday          Pagosa Springs              


Roger Jones            
Long Ago Dream of a Bad Love Affair          
Coming Attractions, 1960          


Jason W. Selby            
      Love in the Time of Colonialism         



Noel Sloboda          
Surfaces          
Cuts Uncruel          
Salesman of the Quarter          


           tolbert            
           ghosts          
laughter         



Anne Whitehouse         
Blessings IX         








Anne Whitehouse

from Curses

II

My cousin’s cousin
who pinned me in the kitchen
and groped my breasts
at Thanksgiving
is an ob-gyn in Texas
who refuses to counsel women
with unwanted pregnancies
on abortion.

His wife killed a coral snake
with a shotgun at their ranch.
It was curled up
on the front porch.
 "I respect snakes,
but these kill the dogs."
She’d called her husband at work
and he’d declined to come home.

"Handle it yourself," he said,
and she did.
She got it with one shot;
the recoil nearly knocked her down.
Not wanting to scare her daughter,
she hid the evidence from her.

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