art by sonjaye maurya
Glenn Ingersoll works for the public library in Berkeley, California where he hosts Clearly Meant, a reading and interview series. He has two chapbooks, City Walks (broken boulder) and Fact (Avantacular). He keeps two blogs, LoveSettlement and Dare I Read. Recent work has appeared in Bridge Eight, Smoky Blue Literary Review, Askew, and is forthcoming in Blue Unicorn.
Beautiful People, Beautiful Food
The beautiful people return with the beautiful dog food.
Naturally, says the commentator. Beautiful people, beautiful dog food.
But, I protest, don't dogs only care about love?
Frantic, I turn to the camera, look deep into it,
to where what I say, the shape of me, is broken apart
for the wire and then the air.
Hours after viewers on the East Coast have seen the beautiful people
returning with beautiful dog food,
heard the commentator's and my thoughts on the subject,
those on the West Coast will tune in,
watch the beautiful people with the beautiful dog food,
look at the commentator, assured and in his assumptions confirmed,
and me, bags under my eyes, on my forehead the sheen of obvious sweat.