Thanks to Meg Tuite and Jen Michalski for publishing my poem “Along Your Golden Coast” in JMWW’S “Exquisite Duets”. I am also honored to be on the same bill as Matthew Nadelson. Thank you, thank you!
Exquisite Duet (formerly Exquisite Quartet) is not so much a composition between two writers, but rather something created within the murky midlands of each author’s mind, yet set off by the same first sentence. Meg Tuite chooses two writers each month and gives them a first sentence to start with and a 250-word limit to finish an exquisitely mesmerizing story or poem. These duet-dueling writers will craft two completely different cosmos that have rotated, pitched, and blasted from the depths of their cerebral cortex to the twitching nerve endings of their digits onto dueling keyboards and separate screens until their sublime duet is prepared to see the light of an audience.
by Matthew Nadelson
You drag your fingers through my life
the way that needle of a nurse pinned me down,
and grinning, asked a 19 year old me,
“How does that feel?” as she, allegedly
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