CONGRATS to JOYCE PERSEROFF on the publication of her latest collection of Poetry: KNOW THYSELF, including a poem first published on our blog.
Joyce was inspired by this bizarre 2009 news story: Surrogate mother of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick’s new twins robbed of ‘personal items’ by celeb.-obsessed police in Ohio.
Joyce Peseroff’s poetry collections include Eastern Mountain Time (Carnegie Mellon, 2006). She teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing at UMass Boston. Photo: Parker and Broderick photo from viralscape.com/Googleimages; photo from author (right): Joyce & star writers (l to r) Stephanie Vanderslice, Jeremy Lakaszcyck and Brian Bouldrey.
POEM from the new collection KNOW THYSELF
SUMMER ENDS IN MARTINS FERRY, OHIO
(For two police chiefs charged with stealing items from a celebrity’s surrogate, with apologies to James Wright)
In East Ohio Regional Hospital
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matt Broderick embrace
newborn twins, gray face of the surrogate
exhausted as a chief of police
who dreams of celebrities
starved for love, the tabloids clucking
and whispering ways to make a buck
from contract faxes, poetry framed on a fridge,
pix of ultrasounds, and a belly cast
lifted from an undisclosed location
the chief and his partner disclosed for $1000.
All the city fathers are ashamed
of officers who risk doing time,
their mug shots in The New York Times,
time galloping terribly against the proud bodies
of birth and adoptive moms,
beautiful daughters and sons.
by Joyce Peseroff