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by Jason Tandon


My inner critic says

there’s nothing noble

about cutting the grass,

painting the fence,

installing a storm door

or shoveling snow—

though I might get a laugh

from the people up front,

the ones

penned in like cows,

when I end this poem

to plunge the toilet



Jason Tandon is the author of five books of poetry, including This Far North (Black Lawrence Press, 2023) and The Actual World (Black Lawrence Press, 2019). His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, North American Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. He teaches at Boston University.


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