DON’T SHUT UPALREADY
by Sho Sho Smith
You know the nervous prattle poets make introducingtheir work? Here it is, floating around the poems I read atthe Nomad Café Poetry Reading, May 2010. As featuredreader, I needed fluffier, funnier fluff, so that no onewould go to sleep or say
shut up already
. I will never beguilty of the deadly boring poetry reading. That’s apromise.
“Sho Sho Smith is a writer in Oakland. She receivedher MFA from the University of Iowa, and herpoems have appeared in
New American Writing
Puerto del Sol
Court Green, Eucalyptus,
. She’s now working on her first poetrycollection,
Trompe l’oeil of a Tiger Clawing Its Way Out of Your Breast.”
WRITERS’ BIOS NEVER TELL YOU WHAT YOU REALLY WANT TOKNOW. SO I’VE RE-WRITTEN MY BIO HERE AND THROUGHOUT THIS MINI-COLLECTION TO CONFESS THE STORY OF MY REALLIFE, MY OBSESSIONS, MY SHAMES.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR The author is at her humanestbetween the hours of midnight and 5 a.m.,longer than all the hours combined. The world hangs on like candlelight,memory wiped. She puts on her second skinand goes to work in the dumpyard of dreams,charted through the telescope of a pen. Truth be told, it’s pretty boring these days.Weak tea, ergonomic and non-smoking.If she’s lucky the pages soak up time