and then i wrote:
everyone walking around doing
what they are supposed to do.
she wrote me back:
that’s what you think
i told her:
it’s actually a kerouac quote
but yes to an extent that’s what i believe
so she wrote me back:
appearances can be deceiving
i’ll have to take your word for it
then she asked me:
ever read pale fire?
and i wrote back:
i don’t read women writers
well, then she wrote me:
since when is vladimir nabokov a woman?
i considered the question then wrote:
i was joking. pale fire has an interesting concept
but vlad just never did it for me. if one can’t make sex
with a thirteen-year-old exciting, i tend to write them off
she wrote me right back:
his point wasn’t to make pedophilia sexy
so i wrote her and said:
that’s probably why he and i never clicked
i was looking for something in the writing that simply
i didn’t have time to wait around
and see what she wrote me next
but i’m curious
maybe it’ll be something about politics
or hemingway and gertrude stein
how ernie was a misogynist at heart
burdened with all of those mommy issues.