Kolleen Carney Hoepfner



Polite inquiries were made

in which women claimed

no consent,


recorded with awful resignation

and denial. There seemed

to be a ring


of tragedy surrounding

the frequent lunches

and shopping trips in town:


well made dresses with lots of stitching,

graceful high heeled shoes,

and a man who loves pressure,



and detested.


As for magazines,

the standards of pop culture

claimed “genius”


after years of influence,

delighted in every excuse

to indulge.


The legacy of the ladies, most tragic,

was a dormant, tearful



Source:  Rice, Anne. Merrick. New York, B Fiction, 2000. 171-179. Print.



Kolleen Carney Hoepfner received her BA from Salem State University in Salem, MA. She most recently earned her MFA in Poetry from Antioch University in Los Angeles. Kolleen serves as Editor-in-Chief of Drunk Monkeys, and is the Managing Editor and Social Media Coordinator for Zoetic Press. She lives in Burbank, California, with her husband and son. Her website is www.kolleencarney.com.

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