The Ecphorizer

The Mind/Body Problem
Margot Treitel

Issue #37 (September 1984)

Listen, if you still want me
take me now. I've grown

plainer with the years
but wiser, down to bone.

My body's simple, sensual,
skilled, has no opinions.

I don't need to be talked to,
reassured, brought gifts.
My mind's sunk
into cliches, silence, facts.

It doesn't climb or delve
or pry, but the body does.

Better to love me now.

Everything I say
surprises me

and I never say
the same thing twice. 

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Margot Treitel has published her poetry in Chicago Review, Prairie Schooner, College English, Hollins Critic, and the Literary Review and a host of other magazines. She has also taught English in West Africa.





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To Her Whom I'd Like to Know Infinitely Better
Robert A. Willis

Issue #37 (September 1984)

Except for breasts,
(Pillows for the avid climber,
steep and softly warm, eager
to my hungry chest)

Except for eyes
(low-banked embers down in deep)
Soft hips, too wide for her own taste,
not too wide for mine (Have I felt her hips?)

I have felt her lips, foretastes of honey;
I have felt her cinnamon mouth cooly burn away
my frontal lobes -
and her arms about me,
not hungry arms, but cruelly loose,
uncaring in charity, in uninterested caring.

Except for these and -
dresses, bell-like voice and
tresses,
corn silken western clouds of hair
in blinding singing light -

Except for these -
I don't really know she's not a boy.

And I want, I want, I want
to make her wet and hot, and hot
and prove she's not a boy,
oh not!
Not!
Not!

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Margot Treitel

Margot Treitel has published her poetry in Chicago Review, Prairie Schooner, College English, Hollins Critic, and the Literary Review and a host of other magazines. She has also taught English in West Africa.