from Verbatim #26 He: So what’s that you’re reading? She: Joyce. He: Joyce who??? #31 He: Trust me. This actually happened. It was in The New York Times! She: What’s that? Some kind of book or something? #56 She: I read where global warming is actually good for the caribou; now they can eat vegetation that used to be covered with ice. He: The caribou. They’re, like…Eskimos? #71 She: You don’t do nothin’ but sit in front of that t.v. all day like a god-damned prince. He: I’m not a god-damned prince. She: Y’can say that again! #102 He: You’re wrong. Lots of people don’t have last names: Madonna, Prince, Cher…. She: I’m telling you, he had a last name: Bonaparte…Napoleon Bonaparte. He: Here’s your Bonerpart…right here. #153 She: I can’t stand it. You’re so into yourself right now. He: No I’m not. I’m so into you. She: You wish. #161 He: Oh, c’mon. Cut her some slack. She can be really funny. She: I know. But not “Ha Ha” funny. # 175 He: Hey, look. You knew what you were getting when you married me. She: I wouldn’t go that far.
George J. Searles teaches English and Latin at MVCC and has also taught creative writing for Pratt and graduate courses for The New School. A widely-published literary critic, textbook author, and poet, he is a former Carnegie Foundation NYS “Professor of the Year.” He writes that the poems in his manuscript Verbatim are snippets of actual conversation he has overheard.