Dara Wier reads "Country Song" by Sadie Dupuis

Country Song

A handsome person I knew was now
The item of a handsome bone
That’s okay
I always felt hideous in front of bone

So I went home permanently
Drank all this chocolate milk
Had a regular time
And it normally rained outside

On TV I watched the sparkle shit she sang about
I felt shame about these plain things
I do and how I dress them up
And watch myself dressing

I felt I was nothing
To celebrate

Having nothing
I wouldn’t frame my day
Or make a presentation
Of my bones

I would set up half a puzzle
Then break it on the floor

Weekly Gramma

Dara Wier is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including In the Still of the Night (Wave Books, 2017), You Good Thing (Wave Books, 2013), Selected Poems (Wave Books, 2009), Remnants of Hannah (Wave Books, 2006), Reverse Rapture (Verse Press, 2005, 2006 SFSU Poetry Center Book Award), Hat On a Pond (Verse Press, 2002), and Voyages in English (Carnegie Mellon, 2001). Also among her works are the limited editions (X In Fix) in Rain Taxi’s Brainstorm Series, Fly on the Wall (Oat City Press), and The Lost Epic, co-written with James Tate (Waiting for Godot Books, 1999). Her poetry has been supported by fellowships and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the American Poetry Review. In 2005 she held the Rubin Distinguished Chair at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia.

Sadie Dupuis is a poet and a multi-instrumentalist. She is the guitarist, lead vocalist, and lyricist for the band Speedy Ortiz. In November 2016 she released a solo album, Slugger, under the name Sad13.


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